Ideas to boost your bottom line at National Restaurant Conference

By Specialised Events, 28 February, 2017

Following a sellout success in Sydney last year, the 2017 National Restaurant Conference (NRC) is set to inform and inspire hospitality professionals in Melbourne this May.

“This event is aimed directly at restaurateurs, managers and professional chefs,” explains Exhibition Director Tim Collett. “If you are looking for new ideas to boost your business bottom line then this is an amazing opportunity – you get to network with industry leaders and hear it straight from the experts.”

Supported by Restaurant & Catering Australia, the NRC will be held at Foodservice Australia at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building on Monday 29 May.

It will feature a lineup of high profile restaurateurs and caterers including Chris Lucas from The Lucas Group, Daniel Vaughan from The Pantry, Bruce Keebaugh from The Big Group and Hatem Saleh from Atlantic Group.

Gail Donovan from Donovan’s and James Gibson from The Baths at Sorrento will discuss the challenges and opportunities as they rebuilt their restaurants following devastating fires; while Carlo Grossi, Michael Lau and Nathalie and Edouard Reymond will share their insights as second-generation hospitality business owners.

There will also be a range of industry insiders including Melbourne Food & Wine CEO Natalie O’Brien, Profitable Hospitality’s Ken Burgin and Stevan Premutico, founder and CEO of Dimmi.

Topics include:

  • Reaching food and wine consumers
  • Finance tips and tricks to increase profit
  • The value of restaurant brands
  • Making technology work for you
  • Diversifying, expanding and change
  • New hospitality concepts, innovation and trends.

This year the NRC is sponsored by XeniPOS, which is launching a new product, AIChef™, at Foodservice Australia. Kevin Dean from XeniPOS says AIChef™ is designed by chefs to maximise efficiency and streamline the front of house to kitchen ordering process.

“It will be the most revolutionary and useful innovation in kitchens since POS systems replaced the handwritten docket,” he adds, “which is why we are proud to be associated with such a forward-looking and business-focused conference.”

John Hart, CEO of R&CA says “Restaurateurs work long hours and can find it hard to get out and discover new food and business ideas. This one-day event will offer a series of short and sharp sessions on key issues and will also be an opportunity to network with industry leaders.”

The conference will run from 9am-4pm on Monday 29 May right on the show floor of Foodservice Australia, so delegates can see all the new products on display. Registrations are $249 including all sessions and lunch, with a special limited offer of $99 for R&CA members until 1 May.

“This is incredibly good value,” says Collett. “Owners and senior managers will get the most out of this event, but it is open to anyone working in the hospitality industry and we encourage businesses large and small to bring their team, so all staff may benefit.”

The National Restaurant Conference

Monday 29 May 9am-4pm

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Registration $249 or $99 for R&CA Members until 1 May.

Foodservice Australia 2017

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne

Sunday 28 May 10am-5pm

Monday 29 May 10am-5pm

Tuesday 30 May 10am-5pm

Entry to the trade show is free with pre-registration online, or $20 at the door.

The conference is part of Foodservice Australia 2017; to enter you must be over 16 and work in the food or hospitality industry. For more information on the show, exhibitors, special events and registration call Specialised Events on 03 9999 5460 or visit

Source: Foodservice Australia