welcome to appetite for excellence

search by topic or scroll down to read some of our latest posts

AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG CULINARY TALENT SHORTLISTED 2015

After a month of reviewing the young, up & coming culinary talent across Australia, we can reveal the results. These young restaurateurs, waiters & chefs have a series of interviews & skills testing with some of Australia’s hospitality heavyweights. Judges such as Christine Manfield, Danielle Gjestland, David Thompson, Duncan Welgemoed, James Viles, Luke Mangan, Mark Best & Simon Denton to name but a few.

Dinner of the Decade

This year we are 10! What better way to celebrate than to put the spotlight on some of the talented Australian culinary stars that Appetite for Excellence has unearthed over the last 10 years. Join us for a unique event on Sunday 09 August where you’ll be able to sample a taste of their stories […]

Young Chef National Finalits

We have had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with some very talented chefs over the last week. Their passion for what they do, their creativity and love of hospitality are shining examples of the next generation. The panel had some tough decisions, and after some careful consideration yesterday, we are delighted to announce […]

Young Waiter National Finalists 2015

The group of young waiters that have been with us for the last two days are all very talented individuals, whose passion for their careers and love of hospitality are shining examples of front of house professionals. The panel had some tough decisions, and after some careful consideration yesterday, we are delighted to announce the following young waiters […]

Peter Doyle – tasting success

Written by Dominic Rolfe It’s unlikely Peter Doyle will forget his first moments as a chef. If he ever does, all he needs to do is peer down at his index finger. When the new apprentice landed a job at the Argyle Tavern in 1972, after shopping himself around for two weeks, his head chef […]

AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG CULINARY TALENT SHORTLISTED 2015

After a month of reviewing the young, up & coming culinary talent across Australia, we can reveal the results.  These young restaurateurs, waiters & chefs national finalists have a series of interviews & skills testing with some of Australia’s hospitality heavyweights. Judges such as Christine Manfield, Danielle Gjestland, David Thompson, Duncan Welgemoed, James Viles, Luke Mangan, Mark […]

hop to it

written by Dominic Rolfe It began with a bag of bloody red meat thudding onto the Bayswater Brasserie’s kitchen bench back in 1995. Jared Ingersoll, the restaurant’s head chef had eaten kangaroo before – “it was a cracking meat,” he recalls – but he couldn’t figure out why most Australians seemed so squeamish about it. […]