National Restaurant Conference

The National Restaurant Conference gives you the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and experts on how to improve your business. It is a full day of ideas, inspiration and practical advice. Come along with your senior staff and stay up to date with new ideas and trends.

This annual event is presented in conjunction with Restaurant & Catering Australia and will run in Melbourne on Wednesday 25 August 2021.

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Who should attend?

The conference is ideal for restaurateurs, cafe operators, caterers, chefs and suppliers. Owners and senior managers will get the most out of this event, but it is open to anyone working in the hospitality industry. It is priced so you can bring your whole team.

Who is speaking?

There will be over 15 speakers, who are all leaders and innovators in the hospitality space. 

Shane Delia

Maha & Providoor

Charlie Carrington

Atlas Dining

Dani Valent

Jerry Mai

Annam & Bia Hoi

Salvatore Malatesta

ST. ALi

Lucy Allon

Straight To The Source; delicious. Produce Awards; Co-founder: Appetite for Excellence

Darren Robertson

Three Blue Ducks

Peter Kelly

RATIONAL Australia

Alice Zaslavsky

Alice in Frames

George Calombaris

Liz Grossi Rodriguez, GAICD

Grossi Restaurants

Tim Kummerfeld

Foodie Coaches

Mark Sudweeks

Sprout by MyGuestlist

Rebecca Burrows

DoorDash

Barry Iddles

360Q

Tawnya Bahr

Straight to the Source

Lisa Slaughter

Ripponlea Food & Wine, Mocha Jo's

Tyson Armitage

foundU

Melissa Goffin

Red Gum BBQ

Wes Lambert

R&CA

Ken Burgin

Silver Chef

When?
Wednesday 25 August 2021. Sessions will run from 9am-4pm with time to explore the tradeshow.

Where?
The conference will run at MCEC in Melbourne. This world class venue offers easy parking, public transport and hotel options. As a bonus the conference will run right alongside the Foodservice Australia exhibition, showcasing the latest food and equipment for your business.

Cost?
The cost including all sessions, a sit down two-course networking restaurant lunch and entry to the tradeshow is only $249 per person. 

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The Program

9am

State of the industry…

and what to expect next

Wes Lambert – RCA


9.40am

The hospitality staffing crisis - in search of strategies and solutions

Lucy Allon - Straight To The Source
Liz Grossi-Rodriguez – Grossi Restaurants
Jerry Mai – Pho Nom, Bia Hoi
Facilitated by Dani Valent

10.50am

Technology or toil – what is the pay off

How to leverage technology in a post-covid world

Mark Sudweeks- Sprout by My GuestList

Tyson Armitage - foundU

Facilitator: Ken Burgin

11.40am

The era of change - what should stay and what should go?

Salvatore Malatesta – St Ali

Shane Delia – Delia Group/Providoor

Barry Iddles – Restaurant 360Q

Rebecca Burrows – DoorDash

Facilitator: Ken Burgin

12.30pm

Lunch and a visit to Foodservice Australia

2pm

Effective Operations 101: know your numbers, get your team right, kitchen performance, promotional marketing

Lisa Slaughter - Ripponlea Food & Wine, Mocha Jo’s

George Calombaris

Peter Kelly – RATIONAL Australia

Facilitator: Tim Kummerfeld - Foodie Coaches

3pm

Be inspired

Q&A with Charlie Carrington - Atlas Dining

3.20pm

Sustainability – possibilities and opportunities

Tawnya Bahr – Straight To The Source

Darren Robertson – Three Blue Ducks

Melissa Goffin - Red Gum BBQ

Facilitator: Alice Zaslavsky – Alice in Frames

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