Three-hat restaurant secrets to be revealed

Posted by Josette Dunn on 27th August 2010

Top chefs and industry insiders will reveal the secrets of three-hat restaurants at Australia’s pre-eminent food industry event, Restaurant*, on 25-26 October 2010 at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries.

Now in its fourth year, Restaurant* 2010 champions increased professionalism amongst the top restaurants in the country.

“Restaurant* firmly focuses on the country’s top restaurants, fine dining and premier food experiences. This year’s event will see hatted chefs from award-winning venues, restaurateurs and sommeliers share their skills and knowledge with industry colleagues,” says Restaurant* 2010 Exhibition Manager, Simon Wheller.

“This is the event to discover – direct from the experts – how to drive your restaurant to the next level and the secrets to success. It’s ideal for anyone working in a restaurant, bar or café business, from the business owner to the front-of-house manager,” says Wheller.

Trade secrets will be shared by acclaimed chefs with over 20 years international experience and those from one and two hat restaurants across Australia, including Gordon Ramsay’s right-hand man, Josh Emmett of Maze, and Restaurant and Catering Chef of the Year, Nicolas Poelaert of Embrasse.

Panel sessions will cover global food trends, sustainable and eco-friendly restaurants, using social media to increase covers and the rise of the celebrity chef.

“Like any other business, a successful restaurant is built on a solid foundation. The ‘talk business’ panel sessions will see industry professionals share their own experiences, case studies on ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ and relevant, topical advice on marketing, sustainability and improving profitability,” says Wheller.

Adriano Zumbo’s infamous macaroon tower will be created from scratch by the man himself during Restaurant*’s Culinary Skills seminars.

Each seminar will feature top chefs and trade masters demonstrating different methods of preparing and cooking foods, as well as new and exciting techniques. Chefs will include:
• Josh Emmet – Maze, Melbourne
• Restaurant and Catering Chef of the Year, Nicolas Poelaert – Embrasse, Melbourne
• Serge Danserau – Bather’s Pavilion, Sydney
• Kumar Mahadevan – Abhi’s & Aki’s Restaurant, Sydney
• Justin North – Becasse & Etch, Sydney
• PorkStars
• Matthew Kemp – Restaurant Balzac, Sydney
• Adriano Zumbo, Sydney

Food service professionals attending Restaurant* will be able to sample and source the latest produce, wine and equipment from more than 120 of the industry’s best suppliers.

The event will also include feature a masterclass on how to make the perfect coffee by World Barista Champion, Scottie Callaghan, and tastings with Australia’s wine and alcohol producers as well as international suppliers.

Restaurant coincides with the Sydney International Food Festival during October. Joanna Savill, Festival Director of the Sydney International Food Festival, welcomed the news.

“We’re delighted to welcome Restaurant* into the Sydney International Food Festival month of October. The restaurant industry is a key player in our month-long program and a key industry event such as Restaurant* can only enhance the buzz around the Festival and Sydney’s reputation as a world-class food city,” she says.

Restaurant* is developed with leading food service professionals to ensure the event is ‘by the restaurant sector, for the restaurant sector.’ Chaired by author and television presenter Lyndey Milan, the Restaurant* 2010 Advisory Panel includes Justin North of Becasse, John Susman of Fishheads, Darren Jahn of Robert Oatley Vineyards and Antony Puharich of Vic’s Meats.

Restaurant* 2010 is strictly a trade event, for food service professionals and trade involved in the running of a restaurant, bar or café business. Attendance is free for those who pre-register at
Information on exhibiting can also be found at this website.