There’s just six days to go until the Hospitality Leaders Summit on 29 July at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse, with a limited number of tickets left for the industry’s premiere event.

More than 30 leading figures will take the stage for a range of panel discussions, keynote presentations and one-on-one Q&As.


With big restaurant groups in the news over underpayments, it’s time to focus on creating cohesive teams.

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.

MC Alex Herbert will sit down with culinary legend Christine Manfield to discuss her decision to close her last restaurant and how she’s started a new chapter in her career through global events and gastronomic tours. Herbert will also host a Q&A with Flour and Stone baker and founder Nadine Ingram, who will cover the importance of staying small and what the future holds for the cult bakery.

The single vs group operators panel couldn’t be more timely with news breaking last week that panelist Mitch Orr has been appointed 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 four panelists 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.

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 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), Levi Aron (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 program here.




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