Conference Program

Here are the sssions for the National Restaurant Conference running in Melbourne on 29 May 2018. Register now to discover new ideas for your cafe, restaurant or commercial kitchen. 




Stewart White, MC


State of the Industry address


John Hart, R&CA


9.25am – 9.55am

The food and wine consumer



Moderator: John Hart, R&CA

Geoff Ikin, GM Global Media and PR -  Tourism Australia

Melanie de Souza, Visit Victoria 

Matteo Pignatelli, Matteo’s Restaurant & President R&CA Victoria

Peter McAtamney, Wine Business Solutions

Chris Davis, Taylor’s Wines


How to use your brand

Moderator: Ken Burgin

Levi Aron Deliveroo

Rusty Wallis APRA

Craig Joel Now Book It

Stevan Premutico Dimmi

Larissa Wolf-Tasker Lake House Daylesford

10.55am – 11.25am

Breakthroughs in technology


Moderator by: Rob Grimes, International Food & Beverage Technology Association

Kevin Dean, XeniPOS

Stevan Premutico, Dimmi

Mark Sudweeks, MyGuestlist

Frank Tucker, Rockpool Dining Group



Why good staff want to work for good places


Moderator: Ken Burgin, Profitable Hospitality


Dehne Bingham,  Mr Burger

Stewart Koziora, Retail Savvy Group

Gus McAllister, The Tippler & Co.



Facts on finance


Moderator: Ken Burgin

Kevin Bonnar, BlueRock

David Mackintosh, Pei Modern Group



Diversifying, expanding and change

Moderator: Stewart White

Bruce Keebaugh, The Big Group

Chris Lucas, The Lucas Group

Daniel Vaughan, The Pantry Group



After the fire


Moderator: Stewart White

Gail Donovan, Donovans

James Gibson & Helene Johnson, The Baths

Carly Skinner, Stokehouse


‘Next gen’ hospitality families


Moderator: Stewart White

Carlo Grossi, Grossi Restaurants

Michael Lau, Lau’s Family Kitchen

Nathalie Reymond & Eduoard Reymond, Bistro Gitan

3.30pm – 4pm

Cutting edge concepts, ideas, innovation


Moderator: Stewart White

Andrew Fielke, Creative Native

Natalie O’Brien, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Hatem Saleh, Atlantic Group


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