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Electrolux Appetite for Excellence National Finalists Announced

Over the last few weeks young waiters and chefs from around the country flew to Sydney to participate in some unique challenges. Each of these individuals deserves to be recognised, not only for putting themselves forward but also for seizing an opportunity to increase their skills, knowledge and networks. The state finalists had a few dinners, some drinks and made some great contacts already. But after some careful consideration after different evaluation, each of our panels have selected the following professionals as this years national finalists.

Opening a Restaurant (and then making it work)

Running a restaurant is certainly not for the faint-hearted, and for those fulfilling their dream in a regional centre the challenges can be even greater. In this video Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur 2013, James Viles from Biota in Bowral shares his journey of why he opened his business, what happened when he did (the good, […]

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence National Finalists Announced

Over the last few weeks young waiters and chefs from around the country flew to Sydney to participate in some unique challenges. Each of these individuals deserves to be recognised, not only for putting themselves forward but [...]

Southern Sunrise Tea Cocktail

“I think it is important to show that Sommeliers don’t just need to know about wine in its traditional sense, but all kinds of beverages alcoholic or otherwise. The Umeshu provides the cocktail with sweetness and acidity to cleanse. The vermouth adds a tea like texture and a savoury note to the cocktail as well […]

Sichuan style pickled vegetables, spiced peanuts and crackers

Serves 40 3 heads Cauliflower 500g Long red chillies 1kg Fennel- keep fronds 4 bunches dutch carrots, keep fronds/leaves 1 head Celery- keep yellow leaves 2kg Kohlrabi 1 daikon 200g cimi de rape leaves Chilli oil 200g chilli bean paste 500g vegetable oil 50g chilli flakes 200g lauganman with chicken Method for the picked vegetables […]

The Challenges for Restaurateurs

How does running a restaurant in a regional area compare to a metropolitan one? Two regional restaurateurs discuss the challenges and opportunities they face. Chloe Proud is the co-owner of Ethos Eat Drink in Hobart (ethoseatdrink.com). She was a national finalist in the 2013 Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur. Does your location result in supply challenges? […]

Maideni Americano – Cocktail Recipe

National finalist, Mark Reginato was one of our young waiters in 2009. He developed a fantastic cocktail that featured at one of our young excellence dinners. The beauty of this cocktail recipe is that is quite simple to prepare at home but looks stylish and sophisticated. Mark is not only a superb waiter and restaurant […]