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Over the past few years, the popularity of the once-humble burger has soared – today burgers are truly a menu mainstay, and even the gourmet end of town is after a piece of the action, as evidenced by Neil Perry’s Burger Project, Warren Turnbull’s Chur Burger and many others. And while the traditional beef burger […]

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Australians’ love affair with seafood continues unabated, with more and more restaurants, cafes, function caterers and takeaway businesses making it the centrepiece of the menu. Even the traditional Christmas turkey is now sharing the stage with seafood buffets which have become a key component of festive season fare. And while fish and chips and other […]

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While seafood has always been a popular choice on Australian menus, its market penetration today is all-encompassing. In recent times the seafood buffet has become as popular a choice as the traditional turkey for festive season fare, and the sheer scope of seafood varieties and presentation styles across pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurant and catering operations […]

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Food scientist and Accredited Practising Dietitian Lillian Forrest worked in a clinical hospital setting for several years before moving into the foodservice area. She’s now Nutrition Project Manager for HealthShare NSW, the business unit within NSW Health which provides foodservice operations to more than 150 hospitals across the state. Lillian’s role is a diverse one, […]

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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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