Continental Deli Bar Bistro, Newtown. Photo: Hollie Adams

The Hospitality Leaders Summit has announced a new expanded program which will enable attendees to attend all 10 sessions.

Held on Monday 29 July at Randwick Racecourse, the full-day summit will host panel discussions on the industry’s most pressing issues from recruiting and retaining staff to mental health and wellbeing, social media and marketing and the process of how a restaurant is created.


Tickets are selling fast to the event, which will bring together over 200 delegates and 30 industry leaders from Christine Manfield and Nadine Ingram to representatives from Merivale, Solotel, Single O, Deliveroo, Applejack Hospitality, Three Blue Ducks and more.

Kylie Javier Ashton (Momofuku Seiobo)Lucy Allon (Luke Mangan & Company; Appetite for Excellence)Bernice Colcomb (The Star) and Dr Glyn Brokensha (Expr3ss!) will talk about how they are recruiting and retaining local staff and changing the way Australians think about a career in hospitality.

Launching a venue is tough, but we’ve sourced four experts to share how they take a restaurant from concept to concrete. Justin North (Concept Hospitality)Sam Egerton (Merivale)Hamish Watts (Applejack Hospitality) and Sven Almenning (Eau de Vie, Mjolner, Nick & Nora’s) are behind some of Australia’s best venues, so don’t miss out on hearing about their strategies to nail a new concept.

The single vs group operators panel couldn’t be more timely with news panelist Mitch Orr’s appointment to head chef of Maurice Terzini’s Da Orazio. Orr will speak alongside single operator Tristan Rosier from Arthur and group operators Paul Dewhurst from Three Blue Ducks and Tara Sullivan from Solotel.

It’s no secret businesses need to extend beyond four walls, and our speakers are nailing everything from pop-ups to product lines. Chrissy Flanagan (The Sausage Factory)Michael Nicolian (Continental Deli)Kerby Craig (Ume Burger) and Phil Gannon (Mary’s Group) will share their experiences with delegates during a 30-minute panel.

The summit will also have a focus on social media and marketing with a keynote presentation from former Facebook and Twitter worker Nick Bowditch and a panel discussion with Sophie McComas (Buffet)Andrew Cavallaro (Example)Brooke Burns (Savannah PR) and Joanna Reymond-Burns (Reymond Communications) on the topic.

We will also look at how the industry is tracking when it comes to mental health and wellbeing with Mal Meiers (Food for Thought), Jeremy Courmadias (Fink), Amber Kaba (White Jacket Effect) and Sabrina Warwar (Hello Sunday Morning) and take a look at 2020 trends with Kylie Roberts (Australian Pork), Angus Lindsay (Single O), Joanne Woo (Deliveroo) and Tim Domelow (OpenTable).

Tickets are now on sale for restaurant trade for $349 + GST and suppliers for $599 + GST.

Register now!

View the full extended program here.

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