• The music played in restaurants

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    Music has an instant impact on mood which when used well can enhance the customer experience–and boost your bottom line. By Sue Nelson Visiting a restaurant or cafe is a complete sensory experience. The lighting, the service, the decor, the […]

  • How technology is changing the role of the barista

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    An increasingly hot topic is technology and the changing role of the barista. So who or what makes better coffee—machines or humans? Meg Crawford Aussies are coffee snobs with cause. In a cafe obsessed culture we’ve come to expect a […]

  • Mentorship in the restaurant and catering industry

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    There’s a proud tradition of mentorship in the restaurant and catering industry but how can you ensure it’s done right? By Frank Leggett Mentorship happens when experienced staff, managers, chefs and owners pass on the skills and traditions associated with […]

  • Victor Liong: a tale of two cities

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    Executive chef Victor Liong sits atop the restaurant business in both Melbourne and Sydney. Getting there, he says, has been about finding creative ways to express Chinese cuisine. Interview by Shane Conroy You were born in Brunei and spent your […]

  • Farm boy

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    In 2011, acclaimed chef Lachlan Colwill returned to his Barossa Valley roots to launch a proudly provincial eatery at Hentley Farm in Seppeltsfield. By Merran White After four years at Adelaide fine-dinery The Manse and stints behind the stoves at […]

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Career Expo meets industry demand for skilled hospitality professionals

In exciting news for Adelaide, employers from Australia’s leading hospitality organisations will converge on the city in October to meet the current generation of skilled hospitality students at a Career Expo sponsored by global culinary arts and hospitality management educator Le […]

Josh Pelham

Joshua Pelham to represent Australia in the Bocuse d’Or

Victorian chef Joshua Pelham has accepted the challenge to represent Australia in the Bocuse d’Or, widely regarded as the most demanding culinary contest in the world.  The talented chef, who is executive chef at RACV Cape Schanck Resort on the […]

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Sydney chefs rule in national culinary award

Giles Gabutina and Alessio Nogarotto, who both work at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, have been crowned the national champions of Australia’s longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs.  The National champions out-cooked a host of new culinary […]

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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

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 […]

Montalto

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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So special

The recent spate of high-profile restaurant closures suggests those remaining will have to work even harder to find that point of difference in a tight market. By Sue Nelson Hospitality is a sector that needs to take risks to survive. […]

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 […]

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rebranding your restaurant

Rebranding your restaurant

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 […]

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 […]