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World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection announced

The inaugural World’s Best Sommeliers’ Selection has been revealed, following an extensive tasting process carried out by an international panel of renowned sommeliers. Last month saw […]

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In profile: Manky Sally’s Sam Bray

Sam Bray has always been food-driven — his mum was a home ed teacher and his free time was spent in front of the television with […]

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The art of the theatre menu

“Dinner and a show” is a phrase that’s becoming more and more prevalent as live entertainment continues to grow in our cities. And therein lies an […]

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Corey Costelloe exits Hunter Street Hospitality (formerly Rockpool) after 15 years

Corey Costelloe has left Hunter Street Hospitality after spending 15 years with the group, formerly known as Rockpool Dining Group. Costelloe first joined as a sous […]

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House Made Hospitality announces four-venue precinct in Sydney CBD

Sydney-based group House Made Hospitality is continuing to expand, today announcing it will open four venues at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s Bligh Street precinct in the […]

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Entries open for Royal Australian International Beer Awards

Melbourne Royal has announced entries are now open to brewers wanting to participate in the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards. The annual competition evaluates draught and […]

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Trippas White Group announced as partner for National Gallery of Australia

Trippas White Group has been announced as the exclusive food and beverage partner for the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Starting from 28 February, Trippas […]

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Australian venues debut on the 50 Best Discovery list

Renowned city guide 50 Best Discovery has added more than 600 new venues to its list including a number of Australian spots. The platform now hosts […]

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The Apollo Group announces new Potts Point restaurant

Jonathan Barthelmess and Sam Christie are gearing up to welcome a new addition to their growing restaurant portfolio. The Apollo Group will open a European-style all-day […]

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Three chefs on redefining the industry’s ‘f’ word

There’s no doubt fusion cuisine has come a long way from nacho pizzas and sushi tacos. Like all trends, fusion peaked and fell in popularity, with […]

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Ashley-Maree Kent opens second venue Bar Rocco

Chef and Restaurateur Ashley-Maree Kent has opened her second venue Bar Rocco in Brisbane’s Coorparoo. Bar Rocco follows Kent’s first venue Ramona Trattoria which opened in […]

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Online reservation platform TheFork to cease operations in Australia

In a statement issued online and sent to members, TheFork has announced it will be discontinuing operations in Australia from 31 March 2024. The statement revealed […]

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Introducing the next generation of spritzes

When you think of a spritz, Aperol is likely one of the first variations to come to mind. The Italian cocktail has long been a hit […]

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Australia’s top young chefs prepare for the 2024 Culinary Olympics

Held every four years, the renowned culinary arts competition the IKA/Culinary Olympics will be held in Germany’s Stuttgart next February. Eight of Australia’s top young chefs […]

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A deep-dive into Australian Murray cod roe

The fin-to-tail movement has seen many innovations — ice cream made from fish eyes, hand rolls packed with tuna scrapings, and collars deep-fried and covered in […]

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Soul Dining moves from Surry Hills to Sydney’s CBD

One-hat Korean fine diner Soul Dining has moved from its home on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills to a brand-new space in the heart of Sydney’s […]

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Japanese fast-casual eatery Dopa opens in Bondi Junction tomorrow

The Devon Group (Bistro Nido, Devon Café) is opening its seventh Dopa location tomorrow in Westfield Bondi Junction. Executive Chef Zachary Tan and Executive Pastry Chef […]

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Bar cart: the latest drinks to add to your lists

Gonzo Vino 2023 vintage releases Boxed wine masters Gonzo Vino have unveiled a 2023 line of vintage releases featuring 13 tipples. White, Rosé, skin-contact, and red […]

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How do long-term venues stay relevant? 3 operators weigh in

Running a hospitality business comes with plenty of challenges, particularly after the pandemic and in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. But there are many venues […]

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The 10 best plates of 2023

Like many of you reading this, eating my way across Sydney (and beyond) takes up a big part of the pie chart that is my life. […]

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Hospitality produce spotlight: bergamot

Bergamot is the signature citrus of Reggio Calabria and is native to Southern Italy where it grows prolifically along the coast. Its name is derived from […]

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Meet Funda: Sydney’s new era of Korean dining

Back in August, a confidential invitation arrived in my inbox to experience a modern Korean restaurant “with Y2K vibes”. My curiosity was piqued with the mention […]

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Cantina OK! talent wins Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition

Storm Evans of Sydney’s Cantina OK! has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Patrón Perfectionists Australian Cocktail Competition. Evans was revealed as the winner […]

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How Spanish tapas is redefining itself in Australia

For many diners, their first small plates dining experience was at a tapas restaurant. Like most cuisines, tapas peaked before it mellowed out in popularity, but […]

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Brick Lane Market to open at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

The latest venue from Brick Lane Brewing is slated to open at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market on 29 November. Located in the former Mercat Cross Hotel […]

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Oborozuki announces new head chef and Japanese-French menu

Sydney’s Oborozuki has appointed Daeun Kang as head chef and has announced a new Japanese-French fusion a la carte menu. The restaurant will still offer its […]

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Former Attica Summer Camp talent Rosemary Andrews to open Malvern bakery

Rosemary Andrews – known for her viral dessert trolley with Ben Shewry and popular dessert box business – has announced she is opening a long-term, pop-up […]

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Karen Martini to lead reopening of Johnny’s Green Room

The much-loved Carlton venue is set to reopen this December after closing in July for renovations and a overhaul of the culinary offering. Owners Jamie Valmorbida […]

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A look inside the Piccolina Gelato Project

Piccolina Gelateria Founder Sandra Foti launched her very first gelato collaboration with Scott Pickett in 2020. The duo created three Thai-inspired flavours: caramelised banana gelato with […]

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Who won at the 2023 Australian Liquor Industry Awards?

The 2023 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) were held at The Star Event Centre on Wednesday 25 October, and celebrated the best of the best across […]

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Plate it Forward’s latest venue Kyiv Social opens in Sydney

Kyiv Social is the fourth venue from the Plate it Forward Hospitality Group led by Shaun Christie-David. Located in an ex-English Scottish Bank in Sydney’s Broadway, […]

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The Star Brisbane announces Italian eatery Cucina Regina

Cucina Regina will open next year alongside an expected 50 new venues on The Star Brisbane’s riverfront terrace at Queen’s Wharf. It’s the third venue from […]

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Providoor returns – but not as you know it

Chef and restaurateur Shane Delia’s Providoor was a lifeline for many hospitality businesses during one of the biggest obstacles the industry has ever faced. The restaurant-to-your-door […]

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Beckett’s Glebe announces new head chef

City fringe restaurant Beckett’s has confirmed it the appointment of a new head chef and restaurant manager. The Sydney eatery opened its doors back in 2021, […]

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Bondi’s Burger Park is fuelled by nostalgia – and a new-wave pineapple ring

Chef Joel Bennetts first teamed up with Fishbowl Co-Founders Nathan Dalah and Nic Pestalozzi to launch the group’s first restaurant Fish Shop in Bondi back in […]

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Glebe’s Toxteth Hotel unveils new rooftop bar

One of Sydney’s most iconic pubs The Toxteth Hotel is welcoming summer with a brand-new rooftop terrace. The pub has been owned by Public House Management […]

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Women in Hospitality’s 2024 Mentor Program

Not-for-profit organisation Women in Hospitality (WOHO) has announced it is partnering with Pink Boots Society Australia (PBSA) for the upcoming intake of its renowned Mentor Program, […]

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Spanish tapas bar Iberica arrives in Bondi

The restaurateur behind Ikaria Bondi has opened his second venue in the beachside suburb, but this time, it’s all about Balearic cuisine. MD Joaquin Saez has […]

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Khānaa by Opel Khan opens today in Sydney

Chef Opel Khan of Métisse is opening the doors to his latest venue Khānaa today in Sydney’s Surry Hills. Khan is drawing upon his heritage for […]

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Bar cart: Five tipples you need to add to your drinks list this month

Gospel Projects High Wheat Earl Carter Melbourne cocktail bar Apollo Inn is celebrating its opening with an exclusive single-cask release with whiskey specialists The Gospel. The […]

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How these venues are catering for guests cutting back on dining out

The cost-of-living crisis is being felt across the country and many businesses are no longer doing the numbers they used to. From high wages to rising […]

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Sushi Sei arrives in Darling Square

Kuon Group has launched a new concept in the form of Sushi Sei in Sydney’s Darling Square precinct. Sushi Sei is a casual eatery and joins […]

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Campari Group CEO announces retirement

After 18 years with the company, including 16 as CEO, Campari Group boss Bob Kunze-Concewitz has announced his plans to retire in April 2024, to pursue […]

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Melbourne’s Jimmy Han crowned as Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year

The 22-year-old commercial cookery student at William Angliss Institute was revealed as the winner of the esteemed 2023 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award this week in […]

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A look into the rise of the slow bagel

The bagel been around for centuries and has long been of importance to Polish, Jewish, Israeli, and American communities. The round baked good has gone through […]

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Savannah Sexton is putting memories on the menu

Chef Savannah Sexton has experienced many sides of the multi-faceted industry we call hospitality. From working in hatted fine-dining restaurants to production-oriented pastry kitchens, it’s safe […]

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Three chefs on offering affordable steak options

If you’re ever on the hunt for a good steak, you’ll likely find one without exercising too much effort. Whether it’s a porterhouse, rump, or even […]

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Barangaroo House goes retro for cocktail experience

Smoke at Barangaroo House have launched their latest cocktail experience Memory Vol 1. which features a line-up of nostalgia-inspired tipples. The eight cocktails take inspiration from […]

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Richmond to welcome second Flour Child venue

St Kilda cocktail bar and pizzeria Flour Child has announced it’ll be opening a second venue on Richmond’s Church Street this October. The 200-seat venue will […]

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Melbourne’s Yugen launches second omakase offering Nidaime

One of the city’s most in-demand omakase experiences now has a spin-off, and it’s located right upstairs. Nidaime, meaning second in Japanese, launches on 30 August […]

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Mark Olive on opening Midden at the Sydney Opera House

Watching my mum, godmother, and aunts cook sparked the flame that was to become my passion. Sitting and watching them mix ingredients together, blend them, and […]

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A dive into what’s on the menu poolside

The pool menu is all about the art of balance, a medium where classics rule and freshness comes first. Whether it’s a prawn cocktail, a gelato […]

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Inside Public Hospitality with chef Nick Mahlook

I grew up on a vineyard in Victoria, so learning about the process, the importance of fresh produce, and how food and wine are intertwined happened […]

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Fair Work inspectors target venues across Melbourne’s south-east

The Fair Work Ombudsman is making visits to venues across Melbourne’s south-east this week to ensure operators are complying with workplace regulations. Around 30 businesses are […]

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La Cabra opens store no.6 in South Yarra

La Cabra has opened its sixth store in Victoria, and this time, it’s at the centre of South Yarra. The Mexican-inspired concept, launched by Joshua Smith, […]

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Slim’s Quality Burger to open two Queensland venues

The popular burger joint will expand to the sunshine state with two new locations in Kippa-Ring and Slacks Creek. The venues are set to open in […]

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Est by Fig and Co operators face Fair Work in court

The former operators of shuttered Kenthurst cafe Est by Fig and Co in Sydney are in hot water after it’s alleged two workers were paid the […]

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A’Mare at Crown Sydney launches casual a’Mare Cucinetta

The in-venue bar and casual osteria will be a more relaxed and budget-friendly offering at the Italian fine-diner. The 32-seat a’Mare Cucinetta will offer Italian classics […]

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