Industry Update
Appointment 2 February 2016

Francesco Trucco

Appointed Executive Chef
At Rydges Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia

Francesco TruccoWith more than 20 years of experience at top restaurants and hotels in Australia and Europe – including four years spent with Rydges Melbourne – Mr Trucco joins the opening team with a vision to set a new benchmark for outstanding dining in the progressive riverside city. Mr Trucco takes the helm at Rydges Fortitude Valley’s signature Six Acres Restaurant, which will offer guests an exciting farm-to-the-table experience, boasting an exquisite seasonal menu prepared from the finest ingredients. Having carved out a reputation as one of the country’s top Italian chefs, Mr Trucco brings to his new role an appreciation of fresh, local produce instilled during his formative years in the coastal town of Imperia in Northern Italy’s Liguria district.

EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment

Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (formerly Amalgamated Holdings Limited) is a proud Australian company with over 100 years of operation and an amazing example of how one entrepreneurial company parlayed its passion for the silver screen and its expertise in exhibition into various areas of entertainment, hospitality and leisure.
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Callum Kennedy - Area General Manager

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6 September 2017 — Solly is a General Manager who has had extensive experience working in and opening hotels across Australasia, India and Thailand.ore recently, Solly has been well-known around New Zealand’s luxury accommodation scene as Group General Manager of 5-star lodges Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge.
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