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hospitality is… with lisa van haandel

Hospitality is always about making people feel comfortable and looking after them. That hasn’t changed and in fact it’s probably more prevalent now because the world is so ruled by technology which can make people feel quite isolated. So while some people come to restaurants just to be fed , being able to go somewhere to meet and eat , have fun, be nurtured and totally looked after is becoming more important.
You can have the best food in the universe but if you don’t have the ability to make people feel comfortable, to project that warmth, they just don’t enjoy it...

robert luo – eat/drink sydney

Robert Luo treads the boards at Newtowns’ Oscillate Wildly .Here are Robs’ top recommendations for the best local eating & drinking in Sydney! Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work? Coffee Alchemy is one of the best coffee roasteries hiding in the industrial side of Marrickville. From single origin to house blend, there […]

inspiration in the kitchen that comes from a musician

By Dominc Rolfe Chef/owner of Africola in Adelaide, Duncan Welgemoed was raised in Johannesburg and brings to his restaurant the flavours of his youth along with a no nonsense attitude. It’s all about being passionate, creative and having the ability to reinvent yourself to stay current…. What does the word hospitality mean to you and how has […]

Recipe: Pan fried bug tail, baby cos, macadamia, yuzu curd, finger lime, Kombu butter by Jacob Davey

Pan fried bug tail, baby cos, macadamia, yuzu curd, finger lime, Kombu butter by Jacob Davey Serves: 4 Skills Needed: Advanced  Ingredients 4 bugs 2 baby cos lettuce 75g salted Kombu 275g butter diced 4g finger lime caviar 10ml lemon juice Salt 4 egg yolks 25g sugar 50ml yuzu juice 50g macadamias roasted and chopped […]

Courtney Nichols – eat/drink brisbane

Courtney Nichols, restaurant supervisor at The Balfour Kitchen in Brisbane shares her favourite places for great eat/drink experiences in her home state of Queensland! Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work? Coffee is always great at the Three Little Monkeys in West End.  This place is deceivingly huge with so many different […]

hospitality is… with lisa van haandel

by Dominic Rolfe Lisa van Haandel brings over 30 years of hospitality experience to our young waiter panel and is a doyenne of the Australian hospitality scene. In the 2nd of Appetite for Excellence’s hospitality is… series, Lisa shared her thoughts on the industry she loves, the lessons she’s learnt along the way and some advice […]

Elizabeth Thomas – eat/drink Melbourne

Elizabeth Thomas - supervisor at Supernormal gives us the lowdown on where she likes to eat/drink in Melbourne.   Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work? Dukes Coffee Roasters is my one-stop coffee shop on the way to work. No matter how busy they get they always produce a great quality coffee. Commonfolk Coffee Roasters in Mornington […]