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New culinary partner for Old Parliament House

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Phone: 0428 782 318

Jul 11, 2013

Restaurant Associates – boutique caterer at some of Australia’s most renowned venues – is partnering with the iconic Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to make the venue a culinary destination on the Canberra landscape.

The new partnership, to commence August 7, 2013 will see the hospitality and function offerings at Old Parliament House revitalised by the team at Restaurant Associates, which brings with it local and international experience. 

Guiding this fresh approach to the venue’s catering service will be Sebastien Lutaud, Restaurant Associates General Manager Culinary Services. Sebastien has worked with some of Australia’s and the world’s best known culinary leaders, including Liam Tomlin at Brasserie Cassis, Tony Bilson and Pascal Bardot at Ampersand, Tetsuya Wakuda at Tetsuya’s and Sean Connolly at Astral.  In 2004 Sebastien assisted Brett Graham to open The Ledbury Hotel which achieved its first Michelin star within nine months of its opening. In 2005, he relocated to France and completed a two year stint as Sous Chef at Abbey De La Busserie which achieved one Michelin star and became Relais Chateau within one year. Before joining Restaurant Associates in October 2011, Sebastien worked with the Merivale Group at Felix Restaurant as Co-Head Chef with Lauren Murdoch. Sebastien will guide all menu development at Old Parliament House and work closely with the on-site executive chefs.

In addition to Sebastien’s experience, visitors to Old Parliament House will enjoy the benefit of Restaurant Associates’ relationship with award-winning chef, Sean Connolly. Through his exclusive partnership with Restaurant Associates, Sean works with Sebastien and regional executive chefs to develop seasonal and unique function menus offered in the suite of Restaurant Associates managed venues Australia-wide. 

The team at Restaurant Associates is looking forward to offering visitors to this iconic venue a contemporary culinary experience and plans to refresh the existing guest areas of Old Parliament House to enhance the customer experience.

Restaurant Associates is excited by the possibilities provided by the grandeur and diversity of function spaces at Old Parliament House and about applying its experience, learnt at other prestigious venues, such as Sydney Town Hall, Australian Museum and the Taronga Centre at Taronga Zoo, to elevating the hospitality services at Old Parliament House.

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For further details about this exciting partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, please contact Elizabeth Trethewey on (03) 9274  9503.

New culinary partner for Old Parliament House