Over fifty-five of Perth’s top restaurateurs joined us to meet the illustrious, third-generation Australian restaurateur John Fink and a panel of local F&B heroes in our final Industry Commentary Session for 2018.
The AMP Capital Industry Commentary Series, presented in partnership with the WA Good Good Guide, sought to bring together Perth’s top and emerging chefs, restaurateurs and front of house professionals in a series of specialist forums previously unseen in the Perth food catering community. Hosted at some of Perth’s top restaurants, with menus featuring quintessentially Western Australian local produce, our guests were treated to panel discussions commenting on the current issues pertaining to the local food catering industry.
Session One saw Perth’s top chefs come together at Must Wine Bar to hear from keynote speaker Mike McEnearny recount his experiences working through the ranks to become one of Australia’s top chef-operators with success working in some of the top kitchens in the UK and Australia.
Session Two became a standout hit with at least 45 of Perth’s best performing Front of House professionals, who relished the chance to hear from the industry renowned Front of House expert Erez Gordon. Attendees at this session, held at New Normal in Subiaco, were delighted to be able to discuss pertinent issues to their particular profession and network with their industry peers in an intimate environment, taking the opportunity to ask the panel consisting of Gordon, Anneke Brown (Como The Treasury) and Mark Patterson (The Standard)
In Session Three, keynote speaker John Fink (Creative Director, Fink Group), joined in a restaurateur-focused panel discussion with local F&B stars Eamon Sullivan (Bib & Tucker, May Street Larder) and Murray McHenry (McHenry Hohnen Vintners) at Tiny’s Bar to discuss key issues faced by the industry and the need for innovation, advocation and development opportunities for restaurant staff to retain talent in the local market.
Key themes to emerge out of the series included the need for greater advocacy for the food catering industry with respect to industry awards and the challenges faced by operators when it comes to training and retaining quality staff, whether they be chefs or front of house staff. The need to create a family culture within venues was seen as critical, including the need to ensure staff feel empowered and inspired to do their best and that there are educational and development opportunities within the industry. One of the key challenges faced by all three specialist groups in the local market is the short-term or temporary mentality many restaurant staff have when it comes to working in food catering.
The AMP Capital Industry Commentary Series was an initiative created to facilitate much-needed discussion of the collective issues and opportunities in the food and beverage catering industry, while simultaneously highlighting the opportunity to integrate some of Perth’s best food catering concepts into AMP Capital’s upcoming Western Australian shopping centre developments. All three session in the series were moderated by Food Editor of The West Australian, Rob Broadfield. AMP Capital Food and Beverage Manager (WA) Jessica Broadley and WA Good Food Guide Director Georgia Moore partnered to develop and deliver the concept, with event management undertaken by Peach & Pineapple.
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