Established in 1985

Established in 2006, the Hunter Culinary Association is a not for profit association guided by a group of industry professionals who volunteer their time to support and promote the region and give back to the industry they are passionate about.

As a region, the Hunter offers a culinary destination featuring a diverse and abundant dining experiences ranging from quality cafes to hatted restaurants, which proudly showcase passionate and talented industry professionals, regionally sourced produce and award winning wines from the Hunter Valley’s highly regarded wineries.

The Hunter Culinary Association continues to grow and establish new opportunities for its members, fostering the region’s talent through initiatives including the Brett Graham Scholarship, the First Creek Front of House Scholarship, the Hunter Culinary Association Apprentice Scholarship program, the Encouragement Awards, Front of House workshops and produce tours.

The Hunter Culinary Association works together with key stakeholders to guide and empower the young talent of the region and assist them in developing their culinary skills through mentoring and guidance.