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Recipe: Wallis Lake Bonito in warm pickle of tarragon and garlic

A highlight of the national finalists produce tour through NSW this year was having the opportunity to cook for the fisher community of Wallis Lake at a pop up restaurant at the Forster Tuncurry race track. The young chefs chose from that morning’s catch thanks to the Wallis Lake Fisherman’s Co-Op. Below is the recipe for […]

When your kitchen garden is a stunning 2000 acres

Restaurants and chefs are getting more involved in understanding the supply chain of how their produce arrives to their door and how it is grown.  It goes beyond the source to researching the principals behind the farmers, their practices and philosophy. For the last few years, they and restaurateurs have been taking it a step further purchasing […]

The success and failure of the Wallis Lake Fisherman’s Co-Op is driven by its people

The success and failure of the Wallis Lake Fisherman’s cooperative is driven by its people – ‘the family’

designing chefs: mal meiers is pottering around..

These days it’s not enough for young chefs to just be designing delectable dishes on a daily basis they’re putting their talents into other avenues specifically the tools of their trades… We’ve seen chefs input into the designing of kitchens in new venues, choosing the crockery and tableware to the music that’s played during service. Some […]

why apply?

Thinking about entering Electrolux Appetite for Excellence? Here are 10 ways it could boost your career. “Appetite for Excellence ” a program meaning exactly that, is wonderful  initiative that not only gave me more confidence in what I do, but more importantly gave me the tool of ‘listening’. This program is about a collective, a […]

the insider’s guide to eating/drinking central coast with cameron cansdell

Ever wondered where those in the biz head to for great eating and drinking? We’re often asked so we asked our #youngexcellence for the lowdown and the insider’s guide to eating/drinking….Avoca with Cameron Cansdell chef/owner of Bombini restaurant in Avoca.

The Classic Martinez with Sonia Bandera

Sonia Bandera was our young waiter of the year in 2013. Here she shares top trends for 2017 and her go to classic cocktail recipe The Martinez.. What do you see trending in Melbourne right now? The trend of people making Australian Vermouths, Bitters etc is really starting to take off and we’re seeing better […]

Marilyn Annecchini says be a leader who is respectful, motivating and encouraging of staff…

by Dominic Rolfe 2017 applications are now open until 03 April 2017. See why you should consider entering! What does the word hospitality mean to you and how has it changed since you started? It means making customers our priority, looking after their every desire and taking care of them, making sure their expectations are not just met […]

Luke Mangan on young chefs & what the judges are looking for

written by Dominic Rolf. There’s nothing wrong with being the next celebrity chef. Which, coming from Luke Mangan, is reassuring. But, he cautions, just don’t think that the first step in a chef’s career begins with a visit to the make-up department and the green room for an appearance on morning television. “It’s about getting […]