Christine Manfield on how to be a successful restaurateur: “You can’t just wing it”

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Recipe for Success

She’s one of the country’s best chefs and restaurateurs, but Christine’s Manfield’s success is no accident.

“You need to have a really thorough understanding of all aspects of the business, because you can’t just wing it,” she says. “You’ve really got to do your homework.”

As one of the judges of the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards, Manfield is keen to share her knowledge and experience with young restaurateurs.

“The program is all about educating and nourishing the next generation. And I’m really interested in the people that live and breathe the pressures of the business,” she says.

The Young Restaurateurs program is the only one of its kind in Australia and provides a chance for owners of businesses, who need to have owned and operated their restaurants for at least two years and be under 35 years of age, to get feedback from some of the industry’s leaders.

Applications for this year’s competition close on Monday, April 3. 

So, have you got what it takes to be crowned this year’s Young Restaurateur of the Year?

“One of the key things I’m looking for,” Manfield says, “is how effective they are as a leader in their business and what they do to empower and nourish their staff. A good manager has to be able to delegate and to trust their staff. Often they’re hard lessons to learn.”

Check out more of Christine Manfield’s tips and advice on succeeding as a restaurateur and what the judges are looking for…

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