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.



Restaurateurs Alessandro and Anna Pavoni are set to bring their passion for the hospitality industry to the Hunter for this year’s Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) Spring Seasonal Lunch to be held at the acclaimed one-hatted Margan Restaurant in Broke.

The highly-regarded husband-and-wife team operate four successful Sydney venues: Ormeggio at the Spit, Via Alta, Sotto Sopra and Chiosco by Ormeggio and are famed in the industry for their passion and dedication. Alessandro will give guests a rare opportunity to see Italian cuisine prepared by one of the industry’s best. Always generous with his knowledge, Alessandro’s love of contemporary flavours, techniques and textures, combined with a passion for safeguarding Italian culinary culture, are an unforgettable combination.

He will be joined by his partner and wife Anna, a founding board member of Women in Hospitality and a highly-regarded force in the industry. Anna will share her back of house experiences across four venues, her passion for customer service, what she has learned about the hospitality industry, and the ‘business of business’.  Italian culinary culture is close to Anna’s heart, as is her passion for educating others in what she sees as a central part of her role as a restaurateur.

HCA workshops are an opportunity for our industry guests to share their knowledge, passion and experience about the new trends, produce and technology being used in the industry with local chefs, apprentices, members and guests.  This type of industry exposure can make a huge difference to a chef’s career development and the HCA is passionate about guiding and empowering the regions young and aspiring chefs through knowledge and mentoring.

Following Alessandro’s cooking demonstration, Margan head chef Thomas Boyd will prepare a three-course lunch, which will be served with a selection of premium Margan wines.

Date:              Monday 12th November 2018
Masterclass:   10:30am
Lunch:            11:30am – 3pm.
Location:         Margan Restaurant, 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke.
Cost:               $100 for HCA members, $130 for non-members and
                       $30 for apprentice chefs.



The Hunter Culinary Association in partnership with First Creek Wines and Hunter TAFE are proud to announce a further two scholarships for 2018, specifically for Front of House staff.

  • The First Creek Front of House Scholarship

  • The Rising Star Scholarship

These scholarships aim to highlight the importance of the Front of House professionals in the region as a culinary destination and to continue to foster and develop these individuals.

The First Creek Wines Front of House Scholarship

The First Creek Wines Front of House Scholarship is open to suitably experienced Front of House professionals in the Hunter Region.

This scholarship will provide a financial component of $5,000 for the recipient to further their hospitality experience. The funds are to be used to benefit the recipient’s career. This may be for travel to better their knowledge by experiencing alternative outstanding dining and service, overseas culinary education or further training and development.

The runner up will receive a $1,000 contribution towards a Wine and Spirit Educational Trust qualification.

The scholarship will consist of an application and interview, and three shortlisted candidates will have a judging within their place of employment.

The Hunter Culinary Association Rising Star Scholarship

The Rising Star Scholarship was introduced in 2017 by Hunter Culinary Association and Hunter TAFE and is aimed at developing our up and coming Front of House professionals by encouraging and supporting them in their chosen field.

This award will provide an educational opportunity for a Diploma in Hospitality Management at Hunter TAFE.

The Rising Star Scholarship will consist of an application and interview process.

Download full details and entry form.

Entries close Friday 5th October 2018



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