Hunter Culinary Association delivers a superior culinary experience across its annual calendar of events for its members and guests.

Each year, we organise two seasonal lunches, an autumn and spring lunch. The lunches begin with a workshop aimed at educating apprentices, members and guests about the new trends, produce and technology being used in the industry and our events consistently attract some of Australia’s finest guest chefs.

It is an opportunity for guest chefs to share their knowledge, talent, experience and passion with local apprentices, members and guests.

The annual Food Fight is the signature calendar event organised each year by Hunter Culinary Association. Four chefs, each at the top of their game, will prepare one lunch course. Each course will be matched with a Hunter Valley wine, and guests will be tasked with voting for the dish they preferred at the end of the gourmet feast.

Hunter Culinary Association also runs competitions, scholarships and award programs as well as Produce Tours and workshops. See full calendar of events below.


HCA AUTUMN SEASONAL LUNCH - Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

Tuesday 9th April 2019

New HCA Silver Partner Eustralis are our featured guests for this event are our and their demonstration is simply about CHOCOLATE! This will include a tasting to showcase different flavour profiles and origins, and also present several creations from Eustralis Pastry chef Jeremie Mantelin.

Following the Eustralis Chocolate demonstration, Executive Chef Michael Watson from éléments bar & dining at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens will prepare a three-course lunch including a chocolate based dessert utilising Eustralis product, all served with a selection of premium Hunter Valley wines.

Peter Drayton Wines and Ironbark Hill Brewery are our beverage sponsors for lunch, serving to highlight - with thanks, our recently finalised Gold Partnership with Peter Drayton.

Date:                   Tuesday 9th April 2019
Masterclass:        10:30am
Lunch:                 11:30am – 3pm.
Location:             Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
                            Cnr Broke & McDonald Roads, Pokolbin
Cost:                   $100 for HCA members, $130 for non-members and
                            $30 for apprentice chefs.



New date to be announced soon!

Hunter Culinary Association invites you to join us for our Hunter Region Produce Tour. This tour will focus on visiting our regions producers and showcase some of the amazing produce that the Hunter Region has to offer.

We acknowledge Committee member Kyle Whitbourne from Restaurant Mason Catering for giving his time and expertise to organise and escort this tour.

This is a great opportunity to meet the faces and talent behind producers and see where and how your food is being produced. The tour will include visits to -  

  • Binnorie Dairy

  • The Butchery on Brunker

  • Bacco’s Bakery.

  • Lunch at The Junction Hotel (with thanks to Proprietor Rolly De With, and exec chef/ HCA Committee member – Warren Fouracre).

A bus will leave from Cessnock with a pick up in Kurri Kurri and other reasonable point en route by request. The itinerary will allow for ample time at each venue to have demonstrations and product sampling to gain a deeper understanding of the food production.

This Produce Tour is heavily subsidised by the Hunter Culinary Association as part of our ongoing commitment to Apprentice and Chef further education. This ultimately leads to a more enriched learning environment, and hopefully greater participation in the culinary industry.


Apprentices & students $30 per person, HCA members $60 per person, Non Members $80 per person. This includes transport, tours of each supplier and a light lunch (excluding beverages)

Open link for FULL ITINERARY

Seats are limited so please book early.



One of the core aims of the Hunter Culinary Association is to support and encourage up and coming industry professionals to enable them, and encourage them through to the completion of their Apprenticeship.

The HCA Apprentice Scholarships are aimed at first and second year apprentices, to assist them in funding such things as knives, text books, workplace/TAFE travel etc.

There are 5 scholarships available providing $2,000 in financial support for each recipient which will be paid in 3 instalments throughout 2019.

Entry is easy, for full details follow the link APPRENTICE SCHOLARSHIP

Entries close 31st March 2019