The Hunter Culinary Association operates with a mission to strive for absolute excellence in delivering a superior culinary experience for visitors to the Hunter region, through exceptional chefs, internationally acclaimed local produce, and outstanding service regimes, in some of Australia’s finest restaurants and cafes.

Members are from all industry sectors including; restaurants, cafes, chefs, apprentices, front of house staff, wineries, providores and suppliers to our regional industry, along with private individual members.

Our main aims and objectives are to:

Foster a greater consumer awareness of the excellent quality of restaurants and food services in the Hunter region, supporting Australia’s leading wine tourism destination.

Create a forum for Hunter region  chefs, apprentices and front of house staff to discuss and consult on issues of common interest, such as training, staffing, produce and culinary trends.

Foster the professional development of young culinary industry staff through guest chefs, industry functions and scholarships and assistance, thus ensuring a succession of industry professionals.

Create opportunities for Hunter region chefs to participate in key market events through representation, media appearances, educational facilities such as TAFE and trade show involvement.

Your membership and participation will deliver these important benefits to your business:

Networking:  Creating an environment of collaboration.

Visibility: putting your organization at the forefront of the industry.

Information, research and education: through workshop and luncheon participation, Hunter Culinary Association newsletters, and introduction to regional suppliers and resources.

Business and industry growth: Increasing regional initiatives to further promote the region as a food tourism destination.

Influence with policy makers, media and analysts:  through association outreach to government and commercial organisations to influence changes in our industry and region.

Innovation: exploring new ways of approaching common business goals, food techniques and standards.

The opportunity to attend lunches and functions at specially discounted Member prices.


There are three membership options available including:

1. Business – includes full voting rights

2. Associate (for individuals) – no voting rights

3. Apprentices - no voting rights



$250 per annum (voting member)

Benefits include:

Full voting rights

Access and right to use to the Hunter Culinary Association logo

Opportunity to host educational lunches and other events run by Hunter Culinary Association

Invitations to industry lunches and members only workshop

Members prices for all employees attending Member Events

Seasonal newsletter

Cross training of chefs and apprentices

Opportunity to promote the Hunter region at various events

Simply click here to download Business Membership form.



$125 per annum (non-voting member)

Benefits include:

Invitations to industry lunches & members only workshops

Seasonal newsletter

Members prices for associate member only at member events

Simply click here to download Associate Membership form.



Free (non-voting member)

Simply click here to download Apprentice Membership form.