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wine list awards

Congrats to winners of QLD wine list awards

The winners of the 2018 Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) and Royal Queensland Wine Show Wine List Awards have been officially announced with Ochre Restaurant and Blackbird Bar & Restaurant sharing in each of the major awards categories. Ochre Restaurant […]

waterless buffet

New waterless buffet technology

Eco-serve is a sleek, waterless buffet solution ideal for both small functions and large, high-volume buffets. Not only is Eco-serve a modern look for restaurants and caterers, it eliminates safety and operational issues associated with old-style chafing dishes, such as […]

Bocuse d'Or

Aussies in the running

Team Australia has won fourth place in the elite Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific finals in China, securing Australia’s place in the grand finale in France.  The talented Team Australia includes Tom Milligan (president Bocuse d’Or and technical director Le Cordon […]

S.Pellegrino young chefs

Leading S.Pellegrino young chefs compete

The most exciting talent search for chefs in the world recently came to an exhilarating close in Milan with Yasuhiro Fujio announced as the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018. Fujio’s signature dish, ‘Across the Sea’, wowed the Grand Jury. Fujio now […]

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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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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, […]

furnishing your restaurant

Furnishing your restaurant

Furniture is often the biggest part of a fit-out budget—and crucial in setting the tone of a restaurant or cafe. Here, design experts share their tips on furnishing your restaurant—getting your tables, chairs and other pieces just right. By Lynne Testoni The […]

Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Never underestimate the value of using a bunch of mates and local tradies to complete a major renovation quickly and efficiently. By Frank Leggett Augello’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is situated directly opposite the Mooloolaba beach in Queensland and has gone […]


A derelict building full of water damage has been transformed into SkyHigh, a mountain-top dining destination with spectacular views. By Frank Leggett John Connellan, the managing director and owner of Connellan Industries, was on holiday in Fiji when he first […]

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beef tangine

Vegemite-inspired beef tagine

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Bega. Serves 10 Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 2¼ hours Ingredients 60ml olive oil  1.25 kg chuck, gravy or oyster blade steak, cut into 2cm pieces 600g chopped onion 30g […]

thick-cut bread

How to keep your customers extra toasty this winter

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Tip Top. Yes, it’s that time of year when the food you serve needs a little touch of comfort. A good thick slice of toast has long been a go-to at […]

monitor refrigeration temperature

Simple way to monitor refrigeration temperature

This article is sponsored content brought to you by CCP. When fitting out a restaurant or cafe, it’s important to consider your venue’s technological infrastructure. That’s why CCP Technologies Limited (ASX:CT1) is on hand… CCP attracts high-profile customers to its […]

Kitchen equipment: getting the right fit

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Caterlink. Caterlink joined with Comcater to produce an effective and powerful kitchen at La Capannina. Finally, the much-anticipated Scarborough Beach Pool in WA is open to the public. Not simply a swimming […]

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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 […]

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