Category:regional dining

Chris Thornton – eat & drink insider knowledge

See where else to eat & drink around the country: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Young Restaurateur of the Year 2015 and owner/head chef of Restaurant Mason, Chris Thornton takes you on a culinary tour of his favourite go-to places in his hometown of Newcastle NSW.

Hot new restaurant to open in 2016

Jake Kellie, our Electrolux Australian Young Chef 2015 has joined The Lakeside Mill in Pakenham, just outside Melbourne. Due to open in mid February, Jake has been working hard over the last few months to get the kitchen team, equipment and menu ready.  It’s been a busy 12 months for Jake, being named ‘Electrolux Australian […]

Bianca Welsh – eat & drink insider knowledge

See where else to eat & drink around the country: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Bianca Welsh is our joint Young Restaurateur of 2015 and is co-owner of Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro  in Launceston. Here she shares her favourite go to places in her home state of Tassie!

The Art of Hospitality

The importance of building a restaurant team “The relationship between front & back of house is a key contributing factor to the success that we’ve had,” says Megan Rhoades-Brown. Restaurants are more than the food and the service. It is a place where the art of hospitality can blossom delivering an exceptional experience for customers. […]

Danielle Gjestland, following your passion

written by Dominic Rolfe A couple of years ago, Danielle Gjestland stood watching her father and husband argue about how the trench on their new farm should be dug. When they reached the point of refusing to talk to each other, the sinewy blonde hitched a trailer to the car, hired a trench-digger having never […]

Julia Paussa – The coast is clear and bright

Written by Lilani Goonesena. Julia Paussa, the owner-manager of Coast Restaurant and Bar in Hervey Bay, was a Young Restaurateur National Finalist in 2013.  “When I entered Coast was in its third year – the best and easiest year by that stage. I don’t think I would have been able to take a week off […]

Danielle Gjestland – eat & drink insider knowledge

Danielle Gjestland is one of our Australian young waiter judges and past Australian young restaurateur of the year 2009 who owns Wasabi in Noosa. See where Danielle likes to go for good coffee, a relaxing meal and a great drink.

Chris Thornton – eat & drink insider knowledge

Chris Thornton is one of our Australian Young Restaurateur National Finalists and owner/head chef at Restaurant Mason in Newcastle. Chris tells us about his favourite restaurants, bars and where to find a great coffee.

Shanteh Wong – eat & drink Insider Knowledge

Shanteh Wong is one of our Australian young waiter 2014 highly commended recipient and waiter at Quay Restaurant in Sydney. See where Shantehs’ favourite hang outs are;