Foodservice teams up with Fine Food Australia for Women In Foodservice Awards (WIFA)

Lauren Eldridge, one of the speakers at this year's Women in Foodservice Charity Event at Fine Food Australia.

The annual trade show Fine Food Australia returns to Sydney in September. And amongst this year's lineup is foodservice magazine's exciting new awards program, the Women In Foodservice Awards, set to be unveiled at the fourth annual Women in Foodservice Charity Event.

Now into its fourth year, the Women in Foodservice Charity Event offers guests the opportunity to be informed and inspired by female trailblazers over a sparkling brunch and all in the name of a good cause.

Hosted at Cyren, Darling Harbour, the charity event will see food writer and restaurant critic Elizabeth Meryment in conversation with chef and cookbook author Christine Manfield, food and beverage innovation consultant Vivian Zurlo, dessert wunderkind and 2015 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Lauren Eldridge, and head chef of Fred's Danielle Alvarez.

As part of the discussion they will share anecdotes about how they came to have careers in food, as well as the challenges they have faced, as well as what they see as innovation in the industry.

Following immediately after the charity event, foodservice magazine will present the inaugural Women In Foodservice Awards (WIFA). Supported by Fine Food Australia, WIFA is a unique opportunity to champion and celebrate the talented women in our foodservice industry.

WIFA recognises those women in the sector who through their determination, commitment and excellence are hard at work, growing their businesses and shaping the industry at large.

WIFA looks to pay tribute to women across four categories: leader in a restaurant management role; leader in a front of house role; leader in a back of house role and leading woman in foodservice (restaurateur, business owner, supplier or service to the sector).

Having opened the awards for nominations back in April, foodservice magazine has been blown away by the response from the sector. In the first two weeks alone we had 150 entries. Applications close Wednesday August 16 so get in your applications in today.

Minnie Constan, Fine Food Australia Event Director, sees the Women in Foodservice Charity Event as an integral part of the wider show. “Fine Food Australia is about learning, discovering, exploring and networking, and the Women in Foodservice Charity Event is all of that, with the impetus to support and encourage a section of the workforce that has previously been largely overlooked.

“Fine Food has always been about being at the forefront of industry innovation and change, and we’re proud to be leading the discussion on what matters.”

This year's will see all profits from the Women in Foodservice Event go to two charities: Women in Hospitality, an organisation that supports and fosters career development of women in the hospitality industry, and Outback Spirit Foundation which has two goals: to help Aboriginal enterprises raise money to grow and market native 'bush' foods, and to facilitate agricultural and market links between buyers and sellers with their agricultural output in regional and national markets.

The Women in Foodservice Charity Event and Women in Foodservice Awards (WIFA) take place on Wednesday September 13. For further information please visit finefoodaustralia.com.au and foodservicenews.com.au/wifa.