Adelaide Convention Centre’s honest approach to food wins top honours

Adelaide Convention Centre took top honours for ‘Banqueting & Catering’ at the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Awards.

The award comes on the heels of a tremendously busy year for the venue, which saw the Centre launch its innovative Honest Goodness menu and food philosophy, while serving up more than 11,000 breakfasts, 125,000 lunches and 62,000 dinners.

Developed in collaboration with leading nutritional experts from the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), University of Adelaide and CSIRO, Health & Biosecurity, Honest Goodness emphasised minimal intervention foods and conscious reduction of processed elements.

“Food plays such an important part in the event experience; to be recognised as ‘Australia’s Best’ when it comes to banqueting and catering is a wonderful honour,” said Simon Burgess, Adelaide Convention Centre’s general manager.

“This award not only reflects our team’s continuous commitment to innovation but stands as a terrific endorsement for our Honest Goodness philosophy, which is all about celebrating food that not only tastes good, but is good for you in every sense.”

Executive chef Gavin Robertson says designing Honest Goodness was not without challenges.

“It completely changed the way we do business, particularly in the kitchen,” he said.

“But our team embraced these as they believed in the concept and public nutrition is important to us all. We’re humbled by this award and extend our thanks to MEA; it provides fantastic recognition and ongoing motivation for our team and South Australian producers as we continue to grow our Honest Goodness concept.”