Who we are

Our mission is to be the link between good food and good business so that your restaurant or cafe can find greatness.

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand had humble beginnings. Back in 1972 it was known as the Restaurant and Cabaret Association and had a membership of 20 with a part-time secretariat. Nowadays, we have members covering the length and breadth of the country and we represent every facet of the restaurant and hospitality industry.

The Association is organised into 12 regional branches and a national office housed in a building in Mt Eden owned by the Restaurant Association Education Trust and run by a full-time staff. Our management structure also includes the following representatives:

Marisa Bidois, Chief Executive
Mike Egan, National President –  Monsoon Poon, Boulcott Street Bistro, Burger Liquor
Steve Logan, National Vice President – Logan Brown Restaurant & Grill Meats Beer, Wellington

Branch Presidents:
Krishna Botica (Auckland) – Cafe Hanoi, Saan & XuXu Andrew Targett (Bay of Plenty) – Pearl Kitchen
Lisa Levy (Canterbury)  – Inati Olive Tabor (Dunedin) – Pattie’s & Cream
Daniel Jaritz (Hawke’s Bay) – Mission Estate Sean Kereama (Manawatu/Wanganui) – Wharerata
Sharon Wallace (Rotorua)  Kevin Hopgood (Nelson) – Hopgood’s & Co.
Barbara Olsen-Henderson (Taranaki) – Lemonwood Eatery PJ & Sam (Southern Lakes) – La Rumbla
Mike Egan (Wellington) – Monsoon Poon, Boulcott Street Bistro, Burger Liquor

Find out about the rest of our team here.

Restaurant Association Education Trust

The Education Trust was established in 1993 with the single purpose of providing training and education to the hospitality industry. The Trust supports a commitment to furthering education and career advancements for hospitality workers.

In 2002 the Trust purchased a commercial building in Normanby Road, Auckland, which now houses the Restaurant Association’s head office and taste, a multi-purpose facility that provides a focal point for the hospitality industry and hosts professional development classes, masterclasses and industry functions.

The Trust is also behind the Restaurant Association’s Hospo Start programme, which provides an introduction to working in the hospitality industry. They also support hospitality by providing current industry advice through the New Zealand cookery apprenticeship programme.

Current Trustees: Tony Adcock – Chairman, David Meagher, Merv Ah Chee, Warren Bias, Alistair Rowe, Mike Egan, Bart Littlejohn


taste. is a function room with a difference. Based in the middle of Mt Eden and available for hire, it boasts a fully equipped demonstration kitchen, full AV equipment, back of house area and a dedicated on site manager.

If you are looking for the perfect venue to hold seminars for up to 45 people, to launch new products, trying out new menus or staff, host corporate dinners up to 30 people, networking functions for up to 110 people and much more, then look no further. Managed by the Restaurant Association, this is a fully licensed venue that offers you a fantastic, intimate experience. Whether you want to dry hire the venue, or hand over all the details to our taste. Manager the choice is yours.

Restaurant Association members receive added benefits with taste., including discounted room hire rates.

taste Manager:  Sara Beillard-Gosai  |  sara@restaurantnz.co.nz  |  09 632 1408