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Texture modified food is a necessity for many patients in health and aged care, but its unappetising nature as traditionally presented may soon be a thing of the past. A number of hospitals are now serving minced and pureed food which has been moulded and frozen into a replica of its natural state – and […]

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“There are certain traditional aspects of festive season food that are always going to be with us, but where you can be creative is in what you serve with it,” says Fonterra Foodservice Corporate Chef Peter Wright, adding that festive season catering presents great opportunities for innovation. “A roast turkey can be very traditional or […]

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As National Food Manager and Group Executive Chef for Spirit Hotels, Gary Johnson oversees some 88 pubs around the country which employ around 300 chefs. Sixty of these are open for Christmas Day, and even those that aren’t cater for an extensive range of corporate end of year functions and events over the festive period. […]

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To see how a traditional standalone function centre approaches the festive season, we visit The Terrace at Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens – which operates as a tearoom-style café by day and dedicated function centre by night. Described as “Melbourne’s best kept secret for receptions and corporate events”, the Terrace’s food operation is run by major […]

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Next year, 2018 will see the 19th iteration of Australia’s number one foodservice mentoring program which gives culinary apprentices from all over the nation the opportunity to be part of a life-changing experience. Entries closed at the end of October for Fonterra Proud to Be a Chef, which helps create tomorrow’s culinary leaders through the […]

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Mario Libertini is owner of La Piazza, a large-scale, authentically-themed Italian dining precinct nestled within the environs of Bankstown Sports Club. Recently voted among Sydney’s top five restaurants by a Daily Telegraph/Channel 7 poll, La Piazza is the recipient of a long line of awards, including Best Pizza in Sydney’s West for 2016. Currently the […]

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At Caboolture Special School some 40km north of Brisbane, Qld, the school’s hospitality students take a hands-on role in the tuckshop – being directly involved with the preparation and serving of food.   The school, which caters for students with intellectual disability as well as physical impairment, has been open for almost 30 years and […]

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The importance of ensuring good nutrition for growing children is what sparked the creation of the school canteen ‘traffic light’ system, and this has led to the gradual removal of many readymade products which were once commonplace in canteens.   But even these days, with more and more canteens preparing a wider range of healthy […]

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