ACF Chef Success Workshop

Looking for a bit of motivation?

Join us at the ACF Chef Success Workshop in Melbourne, a one-day event created to bring together chefs from all corners of the Australian foodservice industry. This workshop is your chance to network, spark some inspiration, and leave with an extra spring in your step. 

The program, tailored for chefs on the front line, is set to empower you through impactful discussions. We’re creating a space to celebrate our profession's hard work, passion, and skill. It’s your opportunity to help shape a legacy that will inspire and guide our future workforce.

Expect lively panel discussions with some of the industry’s talented chefs and a chance to mingle over a two-course lunch amidst the action of the ACF Restaurant Challenge.

Don’t miss out on this chance to enrich your professional journey at Foodservice Australia 2025. Bookings open soon for what promises to be a day well-invested in your career.


When: Sunday 18 May 2025, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre as part of the Foodservice Australia tradeshow


1. ACF Members & Association Affiliates 

$82.50 - Available for ACF, LTB, La Chaine, AITC & FIC Chefs - This Ticket Includes Workshop & Lunch

2. ACF Young Chefs with lunch $44.00

3. Non-Members $93.50

Chefs are welcome to stay on for a free ACF judging workshop at 3.30pm.

Karen Doyle

ACF President

Natalie Bolt

Consultant Chef & Director, The Table Food Consultants

Adam Moore

Food and Beverage Product Manager, Teeg

Brian Steel

Former Military Officer and Pilot / Effective Change Manager

Naomi Lowry

Head Chef, Tucano Lounge

Gerry Maher

General Manager- Culinary Operations, Australian Turf Club

Shane Krebs

Group Executive Chef, Gema Group

Venessa Barnes

Co-Founder, FoodLogic

Jessica Pedemont

Director/Owner, ChocolateArtisan

Eddie Stewart

Head Lamington Guy, Tokyo Lamington

Sam Burke

Corporate Executive Chef, Meat & Livestock Australia

Julio Azzarello

Director ACF

The 2024 program included:



Karen Doyle - ACF President


Igniting Passion: The Power of Resilience

Facilitator- Adam Moore, Teeg

Shane Krebs, Gema Group

Gerry Maher, Australian Turf Club

Naomi Lowry, Tucano Lounge

11.10 am

Keynote - Sustainable Plates: Nourishing the Future of Foodservice

Natalie Bolt, Consultant Chef & Director, The Table Food Consultants

11.40 am

Beyond the Plate: The Journey from Good Chef to Great Chef

Facilitator – Venessa Barnes, FoodLogic

Jessica Pedemont, Chocolate Artisan

Eddie Stewart, Tokyo Lamingto

12.20 pm

Lunch at ACF Restaurant Challenge

1.40 pm


Karen Doyle, ACF President

2.00 pm

Keynote – Strategies that Drive Consumer Choice and Behaviour

Brian Steel, Effective Change Manager – introduced by Julio Azzarello, Director ACF


Red Meat Eats – 2024 Trends

Sam Burke, Corporate Executive Chef, Meat & Livestock Australia


Wrap up

Venessa Barnes, FoodLogic

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Free judging workshop