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 Sydney on Monday 9 November 2020.

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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 20 speakers presenting at the National Restaurant Conference, and they are all leaders and innovators in the hospitality space. 

Speakers include:

Neil Perry AM

Founder of the Rockpool empire and the culinary face of Qantas airlines, Neil Perry is undoubtedly one of Australia's most influential chefs.
Perry's career began at Sails restaurant at McMahons Point and in Rose Bay. He then became head chef at Barrenjoey Restaurant, Palm Beach and was given creative control over Perry's in Paddington, before opening Blue Water Grill at Bondi Beach. He then went on to create the Rockpool Group of restaurants, from which he has recently retired.
He is the author of nine recipe books, has a weekly column in Good Weekend and is a regular contributor to the Qantas in-flight magazine.
Perry’s passion and the importance he places on quality are evident in all his dishes, the business
projects he undertakes, the charities he supports and the success his restaurants enjoy.

Ben Carroll

Applejack Hospitality

Kylie Javier Ashton


Mitch Edwards

Australian Pork

Jeremy Courmadias

The Fink Group

Jeremy Courmadias lives and breathes restaurants. With a career spanning over 25 years in the industry, Jeremy has delivered excellence in hospitality at some of Australia and the UK’s most highly regarded restaurants. From Jacques Reymond in Melbourne to Le Caprice in London, Jeremy has led prestigious teams to create seamless, polished service whilst always keeping extraordinary guest experience at its heart.

Under the leadership of Neil Perry, Jeremy held the reigns for 9 years as General Manager of several Rockpool restaurants, before joining the Fink family as Group General Manager in December 2017 where he oversees 400 staff across six restaurants. Welcomed with open arms, in his role as head of all things Fink, Jeremy is focused on building a culture of professionalism, empowerment, support and excellence. In rolling out group wide systems to streamline efficiencies and increase productivity, Jeremy endeavours to unite the Fink restaurants to collaborate, create and think collectively.

Nino Zoccali

The Restaurant Pendolino

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 9 November 2020. Sessions will run from 9am-4pm with time to explore the tradeshow.

The conference will run at ICC Sydney. 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 restaurant lunch and entry to the tradeshow is only $249 per person. If you are a member of RCA and book before 18 October you are eligible for a special promotional price of $129 per person.

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