Welcome to Restaurant Associates

We are a group of world-class hospitality and fine-cuisine professionals, amongst the most highly regarded in contemporary catering, service and project management.

We have an enviable track record, working with some of the most prestigious venues and corporations in the world. But we never rest on yesterday’s achievements and we strive to be “best in class” every day.

From grand gala events to intimate gatherings, we know that success is largely a function of collaboration. So, in everything we do, we act in a spirit of genuine partnership – with our suppliers, within our organisation, with star-quality chefs and especially with our clients.

When success is your only option, RA will inspire your absolute confidence.

Our People

We couldn’t be prouder of our team. The breadth and depth of our global talent pool is without equal – from highly renowned chefs to accomplished specialists in service, front of house and operations.

Our skills have been honed on years of diverse and creative client challenges, and our experience is telling in our capacity to respond intelligently to the ever-evolving contemporary food culture.

We continue to invest in our team, nurturing new talent and harnessing their passion with focus and flair, so we can continue to perform at the highest standards whilst offering new and inspired ideas.

Our innovative and creative thinking also comes to life through our many collaborations and partnerships. We are honored to work closely with hatted Australian chefs Guy Grossi and Giovanni Pilu, in addition to our international team’s Michelin starred chefs, Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr and Jason Atherton, to name a few.


Our award-winning chefs, led by Leo Gstrein, create exquisite and memorable culinary experiences for leading corporations and iconic venues across Australia.

Immersed in the global food culture, RA enjoy long-standing creative partnerships with world-renowned celebrity chefs, so guests at any of our tables get the best of emerging food trends as well as impeccably crafted well-loved classics. And to ensure we stay at the forefront of contemporary cuisine, we continually share ideas, innovation and best practice with our London and New York teams.

As passionate ‘foodies’ we don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions; we approach each project or event anew, with our gourmet chefs crafting menus to bring your vision to life.

Central to our success is our sense of community, our appetite for food provenance and a focus on sustainable food practices. Through our relationships with farmers, artisanal suppliers and providores, we source fresh, seasonal, regional produce where ever possible.

So whether it’s fine dining or relaxed café style, RA is about food that delivers on originality, quality and taste.


We are committed to helping build a strong and prosperous future for everyone, and this means making conscious and responsible decisions that are better for our health and the longevity of the earth that feeds us. Where ever we can we choose local, seasonal ingredients and we develop relationships with providores that source ethically produced goods.


The very nature of our business puts us in a privileged position to be able to aid and empower both Indigenous and local communities.  Whether it is driving supplier diversity, creating Indigenous training programs, or supporting existing social enterprise, at every step of our business journey we seek ways to be positive community partners.  We are proud to be actively involved in a range of community projects including The Warrigal Program, Supply Nation, The Bread & Butter Project and Oz Harvest.

National Awards for our work with Indigenous Australian enterprise and community include:

  • 2014 Supply Nation – Corporate Member of the Year – for our work in supplier diversity leadership and advocacy
  • 2013 George Mure Memorial Professional Development Award for our Aboriginal Workforce Development Project
  • 2012 Supplier Diversity Advocate Award

Excellence Awards

Although every RA venue is operated onsite by its own team, the RA benchmark of excellence is experienced and recognised Australia-wide.
2014 Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence:

  • ACT – Winner – Venue Caterer – Restaurant Associates at Old Parliament House
  • NSW – Finalist – Corporate Caterer – Restaurant Associates at Westpac
  • NSW – Finalist – Venue Caterer – Restaurant Associates at Town Hall
  • NSW – Finalist – Café – Restaurant Associates at Taronga Piazza inspired by Giovanni Pilu
  • QLD – Finalist – Venue Caterer – Restaurant Associates at Queensland Museum