Masterclasses

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The Conclusion of the 'Aussie Cuisine' Project

As part of the 2018 Sydney Mise En Place, please join the AussieCuisine team over drinks to celebrate the conclusion of the AussieCuisine project.

AussieCuisine is an educational research project sponsored by the Gault&Millau Australia restaurant guide. Over three years the project has researched the greater meaning of Australian cuisine.

We invite you to participate at the AussieCuisine presentation, which will raise the main themes addressed by the project: Australian Chefs, Bush Tucker, Farmers’ Markets, Immigration, Indigenous Influence, National Dishes, Our Culinary Journey, Popular Culture, Produce and Regional Cooking.

You will be able to join us after the presentation for complimentary drinks, catered by the Ovolo Woolloomooloo hotel.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Restaurant Success and Survival in today's market with Judy McMahon.

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.