• Is fancy commercial kitchen equipment worth it?

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    Staff might hanker for the latest kitchen gear and technology, but will it make you money? By Meg Crawford There’s a myriad of enticing commercial kitchen equipment available on the market promising everything from consistency through to the ability to […]

  • Restaurant ownership: how many is too many?

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    While having a hand in multiple restaurants is an effective way to spread the risk, is it better business than running just one venue? By Kerryn Ramsey Even though owning and running a restaurant is incredibly hard work, many restaurateurs […]

  • Rebranding your restaurant

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    How far should you go when rebranding your restaurant—a few minor tweaks, a complete change or just leave things as they are? By Frank Leggett  There’s a number of reasons why a restaurateur may choose to rebrand their restaurant. It […]

  • Inside Jonah’s

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    Jonah’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel has been a Sydney hospitality icon for decades. But getting to the top—and staying there—doesn’t come easy.  By Shane Conroy  After 90 years perched above stunning Whale Beach in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs, Jonah’s Restaurant & […]

  • Join the club

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    Hold the front page! National Press Club of Australia nabs Wedding Caterer of the Year and follows it up by winning Caterer of the Year. By Kerryn Ramsey The Dalai Lama, PJ O’Rourke, Rosie Batty and a plethora of politicians […]

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Finalists soon to compete for chef’s hat award

Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD is gearing up for the 2019 national finals, having sourced the best and brightest young chefs from across the country.  Australia’s longest running culinary competition for young chefs has seen a host of new chef […]

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Cris Matkowski—succeeding his way

It’s the achievements of practical learners such as superstar apprentice chef Cris Matkowski that will be celebrated during this year’s upcoming National Skills Week (26 August-1 September).  By focusing attention on the benefits of skills and training, the aim of […]


CafeSmart fights homelessness

The coffee community recently reunited once again when StreetSmart Australia’s annual CafeSmart campaign kicked off to combat homelessness. Last Friday 9 August, participating cafes donated $1 from every coffee sold, directly supporting smaller grassroots homeless charities. CafeSmart aims to help […]

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Eat Your Greens

Recipe for success: Jess & Ben Stanley

Two kilometres from the country NSW town of Eugowra is Eat Your Greens, a successful function centre and catering company owned and run by Jess and Ben Stanley. Interviewed by Frank Leggett Jess: I was born in Eugowra and when I […]

Matt Merrin

Recipe for success: Matt Merrin

Matt Merrin’s award-winning JAM restaurant in Townsville celebrates the flavours and produce of North Queensland. Accountancy’s loss is our gain. Interviewed by Frank Leggett “As a child living on a property in Western Australia, I spent a lot of time […]

Recipe for success: Simon Bowen

Consistency of food and service is the mantra of Simon Bowen, chef and co-owner of Pipers of Penola in South Australia. Interviewed by Frank Leggett “As soon as I finished high school, I started an apprenticeship with Stephanie Alexander at […]

Vicki Woods

Recipe for success: Vicki Woods

For the past 29 years, Vicki Woods has been at the helm of Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie in Maitland, NSW—an award-winning dining destination. “My parents owned and operated a hotel from when I was 11 years old but I never […]

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Quay restaurant

A full renovation of Sydney’s iconic fine-dining destination sees a new organic space inspired by Peter Gilmore’s celebrated cuisine. By Frank Leggett Quay restaurant has been at the centre of Sydney fine dining for the past 30 years. During that […]

The Boat House

The Boat House

Sitting right on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, The Boat House, a Canberra classic, was sympathetically updated without losing any of its charm. By Frank Leggett “The impetus for the renovation of The Boat House was to give the […]

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The Bavarian Beerhaüs

It was no mean feat turning the historic Royal Snack Bar at the Brisbane Showgrounds into The Bavarian Beerhaüs. By Frank Leggett For years, the Royal Snack Bar at the Brisbane Showgrounds was the place to pick up a few dagwood […]


An expansive building with many facets, Montalto quietly engages with the surrounding landscape of the Mornington Peninsula. By Frank Leggett Montalto offers a wide variety of experiences for its visitors. There is a picturesque vineyard, a refined restaurant, a casual dining piazza, […]

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Please summer crowds with a lighter choice

This article is sponsored content brought to you by GWF. A new range of gluten-free breads caters to the burgeoning ‘free-from’ market Tip Top Foodservice has expanded its range of gluten-free options for the foodservice sector, launching the Abbott’s Village Bakery […]

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Variety is the spice of life!

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Caterlink. Caterlink puts B+S Commercial Kitchen Equipment behind Perth’s best Asian cuisine  There is a growing market for authentic Asian cuisine in Australia, driven by a rising appreciation of its varied […]

Where the industry dines out

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Fine Food Australia. Every September, Fine Food Australia celebrates the country’s incredibly diverse and dynamic foodservice industry, and this year the show returns on 10–13 September to our nation’s biggest foodie […]

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Eco-friendly dining

In order to reduce their environmental impact, two businesses tell how they have focused on creating an eco-friendly dining experience—and selling this as their point of difference to customers, writes Susanna Nelson. SUSTAINABILITY HAS become such a broad term that […]

Picking the right PR person

While some publicity and online marketing can be performed by your staff, experts show that quality PR grows the bottom line. By Meg Crawford It’s broadly acknowledged that a social media presence these days is mandatory for most businesses, including […]

NEW MAJOR PRIZE:  2018 R&CA Industry Benchmarking Survey

R&CA has announced the addition of a new major prize as part of its 2018 Industry Benchmarking Survey. All participants who complete R&CA’s Industry Benchmarking Survey in full will now have the opportunity to win an Apple iPad [32GB Wi-Fi […]

Sustainable seafood

It tastes better and is good for the environment but can the traditional fish and chip shop afford to stock sustainable seafood? By Frank Leggett With more and more consumers demanding that their seafood be sustainably sourced, high-end restaurants are […]