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Hospitality hurting due to lack of local talent and penalty rates according to Luke Mangan

Highly successful restauranteur Luke Mangan has raised concerns over the future of the health of the Australian restaurant industry, due primarily to penalty rates and a shortage of local talent.

Do women make better sommeliers?

Watch the fur fly when the question is asked are women the fairer sex when it comes to tasting and selling wine?

It has long been contended that women's palates are more sensitive than mens and many of the country's leading male winemakers agree.

Jump in restaurant spending according to recent stats

Sales in the foodservice sector have shown a significant jump in recent times according to the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

The true costs of removing penalty rates

It would be fair to say that many people do not like to work on a weekend but have to due to necessity rather than by choice. Foregoing a day or two of rest can have significant costs physically, socially and on a community level. It is argued therefore that those after-hour workers should be fairly compensated for that cost.

Fourth annual CEO OzHarvest Cookoff for Sydney's vulnerable

OzHarvest, food rescue organisation extraordinnaires, are teaming up again in 2015 with 40 of Australia's top chefs as well as over 100 business leaders to cook for 1000 vulnerable Sydneysiders.

In its fourth year, the annual event aims to increase awareness of homelessness, food insecurity and highlight the level of food wastage in Australia. To date the event has raised over $3m for OzHarvest along with other Australian charities.

Dimmi's Top 10 tips for restaurants in 2015

The list of Top 10 tips by the online reservation platform Dimmi is designed to assist restaurants to thrive in 2015 and beyond.

One of the key themes in Dimmi's list is for businesses to embrace technology, with particular attention to social media platforms. It is also noted by them that it is imperative for businesses to make their website mobile compatible as a staggering 42% of web traffic is now coming from mobile devices directly.

Streamline your kitchen with new Cuisine Manager App

A former personal chef of Russell Crowe with over 30 years experience in the industry, David Chambers, has developed a new app the aim of which is to increase productivity in commercial kitchens.

The Cuisine Manager App streamlines many of the day-to-day kitchen processes by increasing measurability across staffing and ordering, improving the overall consistency of getting the food from the kitchen to the table and improving productivity.

What are the rules for doggy bags?

It would be fair to say that they make restaurant owners uncomfortable.

Some diners see it as their right as a paying customer while others see them as a social faux pas.

So just what are the rules and regulations when it comes to doggy bags?