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Josh Niland from Paddington restaurant Saint Peter returns to the Hunter to share knowledge with the chefs of tomorrow.

The acclaimed chef will host a cooking demonstration at Muse Restaurant on Monday 11 September for the Hunter Culinary Association spring seasonal lunch.

Following the cooking demonstration, Troy Rhoades‐Brown and the Muse team will prepare a three-course lunch served with matching Hunter Valley wines.

HCA chairman Ben Neil says the spring seasonal lunch is always a highlight of the culinary calendar.

“Our luncheons begin with a workshop aimed at educating apprentices, members and guests about the new trends, produce and technology being used in the industry,” says Neil.

“Josh’s reputation certainly precedes him, so it’s going to be a real treat to see him in action. He started his journey in cookery in the Hunter region and we are very excited to have him as part of this year’s event.”

In the past, HCA’s events have been attended by the industry’s best including Colin Fassnidge, Massimo Mele, Tetsuya Wakuda and Tony Bilson.

“It is an opportunity for our guest chefs to share their knowledge, talent, experience and passion with local apprentices, members and guests,” says Neil.

“This type of industry exposure can make a huge difference to a young chef’s career development, and the HCA is passionate about guiding and empowering the up and comers of the region through mentoring and guidance.”

Date: 11 September 2017.

Time: 10am – 230pm.

Location: Muse Restaurant, Pokolbin.

Cost: $100 for HCA members, $130 for non-members and $30 for apprentice chefs.

To book contact Kirsty at Hunter Culinary Association – or visit


Josh Niland is among more than 30 leading operators, industry experts and government officials who will speak at the Restaurant Leaders Summit on topics ranging from staffing and keeping costs in check to driving revenue and marketing.

Other speakers include:

  • Tony Panetta, executive chef, International Convention Centre Sydney
  • Lisa Margan, co-owner, Margan winery and restaurant in the Hunter Valley
  • Nino Zoccali, owner, The Restaurant Pendolino and La Rosa
  • Andrew El-Bayeh, director of Example PR and former marketing director at Merivale
  • Jason Jelicich, partner and senior business coach, Barmetrix
  • Paul Rifkin, executive chef, Campbelltown Catholic Club
  • Clovis Young, founder, Mad Mex
  • Palisa Anderson, founder, Chat Thai
  • Ramzey Choker, founder, The Grounds
  • Dan Mylonas, art director, The Grounds
  • Mo Wyse, owner, Smith & Daughters
  • Jay Yip, ‎general manager tourism, trade, development, Trippas White Group
  • Geoff Ikin, general manager, global media, PR and social, Tourism Australia
  • Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Alex Hawke, assistant minister for Border Protection and Immigration

With plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day, The Restaurant Leaders Summit promises to be an invaluable event for all stakeholders within the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Tickets are priced at $599 + GST. Restaurant operators who buy eight tickets or more tickets will get a discount of 20 percent.

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