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.



Hunter Culinary Association is very pleased to formally announce a new initiative being the Eustralis Pastry Chef Scholarship.

This scholarship will offer a three day masterclass in Sydney with visiting European Chef Franck Colombie, including accommodation, and is aimed at an experienced pastry chef, or a chef whose role and/or aspirations and experience, critically embrace this aspect of cheffing.

The Scholarship will be presented by Eustralis Manager Greg Bonneau at our Autumn Seasonal lunch on April 9th 2019 (NB a ‘save the date’ for everyone.)

Please open the link below for full scholarship details and how to enter.

Eustralis Scholarship



Monday 18th March 2019

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.


HCA AUTUMN SEASONAL LUNCH - Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Please save the date to join us for our next Seasonal Lunch. It will be a 3 course lunch including matching wine at the beautiful Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens. The day will also begin with a workshop featuring Eustralis products presented by their acclaimed Chef. Full details to follow shortly.