• A place of his own

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    As our capital city has leapt forward in its culinary capabilities, one man has led the way. Chris Sheedy meets one of Canberra’s most celebrated restaurateurs, Ben Willis. When Ben Willis attempted to launch his career in the restaurant world, […]

  • So long to surcharging

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    Does your credit card surcharge exceed the cost of the transaction? By Andy Kollmorgen Letting people pay with a credit card is a generally a good business move in this increasingly cashless world. The card issuer will charge you a […]

  • Wine fraud

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    How prevalent is wine fraud, when a bottle is sold as something it isn’t? Does it happen with Australian wines as much as it does with French? And how do you avoid being duped? Ben Canaider reports. In 2006, an […]

  • Major event catering

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    So you’ve just scored the contract to cater a major event—now what? Zoe Meunier explores the particulars of this unique and challenging form of catering. While many catering events—such as weddings, corporate and charity functions—can be large in size and […]

  • Recipe for success: Alessandro & Anna Pavoni

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    Despite language issues and major health crises, Alessandro and Anna Pavoni have turned one Sydney harbour restaurant into a four-venue success story. By Frank Leggett Alessandro: I’ve spent the past 29 years in and around kitchens. At the age of […]

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Food-conscious Aussies driving change in the hospitality scene

Hospitality businesses are tapping into Aussies’ increasingly food-conscious mindset through new concepts that focus on health and wellness, sustainability and niche offerings, according to research by hospitality point of sale provider Impos. The survey of 652 hospitality business owners, managers […]

Decision on outdoor dining areas a commonsense move

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has welcomed Adelaide City Council’s amendments to a proposal which would have required all outdoor dining businesses to operate using non-fixed furniture. Under the 2014 Outdoor Dining Guidelines, businesses in the City of Adelaide with […]

Call for entries

The Women In Foodservice Awards are looking to celebrate the successful women of the foodservice sector. They are looking for those women working in foodservice who, through their dedication, drive, and excellence, are doing their bit to shape and grow […]

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Recipe for success: Eldert Hoebee

The co-owner of Adelaide’s Plenty Catering likes his events to be strategically planned, whether it’s breakfast for 30 or a ball for 6,000. By Frank Leggett “While working as a senior weather forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology in Perth […]

Recipe for success: Richard Kemp

Multi-award-winning restaurant, Eschalot, sits pretty as a picture in NSW’s Southern Highlands. Owner/chef Richard Kemp is as passionate about his cuisine as he is about maintaining a balanced lifestyle. By Frank Leggett “My first job was working as an apprentice […]

Recipe for success: Flavio Carnevale

A journey stretching from Italy to Australia has seen Flavio Carnevale use his butcher and deli background to open Popolo in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay. By Kerryn Ramsey “I grew up with my family running a butcher shop in Rapone near […]

Recipe for success: Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson says his decision to move out of the kitchen was one of the best he ever made. It allowed him to focus on the management side of things and turn his restaurant Sails on Lavender Bay, on Sydney’s […]

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Red lantern on riley

Converting an underused cocktail bar into a private dining room made perfect sense to chef/co-owner Mark Jensen, even when he had to roll up his sleeves and do the job himself. By Kerryn Ramsey When Sydney’s Red Lantern team decided […]

Bar Machiavelli

Sydney designer Jason Mowen embraced a heritage building’s enormous dimensions, turning it into a grand, Italian-inspired eating experience. By Kerryn Ramsey Originally a tyre factory, the building in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay is now Bar Machiavelli, Sydney’s cathedral to pasta. The […]

Higher ground

A cavernous power station has found new life as Higher Ground, a heritage-listed restaurant/café of monumental proportions. By Kerryn Ramsey The old power station on Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD had already undergone a transformation before Mark Simpson of […]

The grain store craft beer cafe

A former chippie made use of his skills when refurbishing a 19th-century grain store in the recently gentrified suburb of Newcastle East, NSW. By Kerryn Ramsey Timing was critical when Corey Crooks (with his wife Kristy) leased a former grain-and-keg […]

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Realise your dreams

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Silver Chef. Silver Chef is Australia’s only dedicated hospitality equipment funder. For 30 years, we have helped more than 30,000 customers—from start-up cafes to large restaurants and hotels—realise their business dreams. […]

All businesses are either growing, stagnating—or dying

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Benchmark Business Sales & Valuations. If you want to grow your business, you have two choices: 1. Grow through “start-up” or 2. Grow through acquisition Growth through acquisition of existing businesses […]

Cookers Bulk Oil system: pure genius

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Cookers. The Cookers Bulk Oil system is a fresh, innovative approach to working with cooking oil. The Cookers method is pure genius as it flows through the entire process—from the convenient, fresh […]

Money-saving ideas from Stoddart

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Stoddart. Oil is one of the most expensive ongoing costs to a business, so if there was a way to extend oil life and save serious money every week, why wouldn’t […]

Latest in Marketing

Perfect picture

Food blogger Duy Huynh—known to his 30,000 Instagram followers as Duy Dash—has some pro tips for restaurateurs marketing themselves on social media. By Petra Starke In 2015, Duy Huynh was just another guy selling vacuum cleaners at Harvey Norman, wondering […]

Feast or famine: why choose?

It’s a concept other hospitality industries seem to have mastered but, as Susanna Nelson writes, dynamic pricing is still relatively new to the restaurant business. Many restaurateurs know all too well the contrast between a buzzing weekend crowd and the […]

Happy days

So-called ‘Hallmark’ holidays are excellent opportunities to market your restaurant—just not for the reasons you might think, writes Mitchell Oakley Smith. While Valentine’s Day has become caught in the net of commercialism in recent decades, with marketers finding countless ways to exploit […]

Are you China ready?

The Chinese comprise the fastest growing inbound tourist segment in Australia. And they’re hungry for fine food, reports Kathy Graham. Dan Hong, executive chef at Mr Wong, the popular Merivale restaurant in Sydney known for its modern Cantonese menu, doesn’t […]

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