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 Monday 28 June 2021.


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 20 speakers, who are all leaders and innovators in the hospitality space. While the line-up for 2021 is soon to be finalised, for 2020 we had the following speakers:

Neil Perry AM

Ben Carroll

Applejack Hospitality

Kylie Javier Ashton


Mitch Edwards

Australian Pork

Jeremy Courmadias

The Fink Group

Nino Zoccali

The Restaurant Pendolino & La Rosa The Strand

Lucy Allon

Food & Hospitality Industry Consultant

Thomas Stephens


Mark Sudweeks


Shane Smith


Brent Savage

Bentley Restaurant, Monopole, Yellow, Cirrus and Botanica

Wes Lambert


Ken Burgin

Silver Chef

Monday 28 June 2021. Sessions will run from 9am-4pm with time to explore the tradeshow.

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.

The cost including all sessions, a sit down two-course networking restaurant lunch and entry to the tradeshow is only $249 per person. If you are a member of RCA and book before 1 June you are eligible for a special promotional price of $129 per person. 

Register here 

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