As part of Sydney's 2018 Mise en Place, join Judy McMahon, owner of the infamous Catalina, to find out what it takes to survive and strive in todays fierce trading environment.
Judy McMahon is one of Australia’s most successful restauranteurs. Along with her husband Michael and their children, James and Kate, they have steered one of Sydney’s most iconic fine dining restaurants, Catalina for the past 23 years.
Michael and Judy began their careers with the late Len Evans (OBE) working at the legendary Bulletin Place. In 1978, they made the move to Gay and Tony Bilson's Berowra Waters Inn. From there, in 1983 Judy and Michael purchased Barrenjoey House in Palm Beach and worked with a young Neil Perry, subsequently opening Perry's in Paddington, both of which attained Two Hat ratings in the Good Food Guide. By 1988, Judy and Michael had sold both Perry's and Barrenjoey House, and Michael became the General Manager of Bilson's in Circular Quay. Judy followed as the Function Manager, and together they ran that glittering icon until they purchased Catalina in 1994, transforming a tired old space into the perfect harbourside restaurant that it is today.
Given the success of Catalina and it's ongoing influence in Sydney's fine dining sphere, as well as Judy's extensive experience in the field, she is the perfect candidate to equip you with the tips and tricks to make your business stand the test of time.