Why you should attend the Restaurant Leaders Summit

There’s just a few weeks left until the Restaurant Leaders Summit makes its way to Melbourne for the first time on 30 July, and time is running out to register for tickets.

There’s just a few weeks left until the Restaurant Leaders Summit makes its way to Melbourne for the first time on 30 July, and time is running out to register for tickets.

Held at the Park Hyatt Hotel, the full-day conference will bring together some of the industry’s finest to cover hospitality’s most pressing topics.

Nearly 30 speakers will gather at the annual event and speak across 10 sessions covering everything from staffing and how to expand your business to adding value with alcohol and mental health and wellbeing.

Attracting and retaining staff is a battle for most operators, and it’s important for restaurateurs to share their strategies, which can help the industry grow as a whole.

Scott Pickett (Estelle), Jonno Forbes (Dinner by Heston, Melbourne), Hannah Green (Etta Dining) and Liz Rodriguez (Grossi Restaurants) will each share their perspectives and opinions on the topic.

“I’m most looking forward to discussing the impact and importance of training in the hospitality sector,” says Forbes, who was part of the launch of Dinner by Heston in the UK. “This is often overlooked in restaurants, but is one of the most important aspects of our business.”

For Rodriguez, it’s about working together. “We need to share ways to strengthen the industry through better skills training and providing aspirational pathways into the industry,” she says. “A skilled and professional industry works together to achieve win-win outcomes.”

Deciding on the right time to expand your business can make all the difference between successful launch and failure.

MoVida chef and owner Frank Camorra joins Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters), Simon Blacher (Commune Group) and Peter Gunn (IDES), who will all share the ups and downs of diversifying their offering, from participating in food festivals and pop-ups to how they stand out from the crowd.

Effectively promoting your business is a must, and we have gathered some of Australia’s best PR professionals for a marketing masterclass. Jeanine Bribosia (The Cru, Sydney), John Flower (HotHouse Media and Events), Abby Islas and Monica Brown (Lotus Communications) will provide invaluable advice and provide delegates with valuable tools they use straight away.

“Know who you are and what makes your brand special,” says Bribosia. “Restaurants that have the best results from PR see them as an extension of their team, and use them for far more than media relations.”

Other speakers include: Melissa Leong, Morgan McGlone, Victor Liong, Thi Le, Chris Lucas, Luke Whearty, Michael Madrusan, Christian McCabe, Carlo Grossi, Loic Avril, Kate Reid, Mal Meiers, Veronica Fil and Eleena Tan.

Time is running out to register for tickets. Don’t miss your chance to network with industry peers and hear from Australia’s best chefs and operators.

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