2023 Degustation prices hit new heights

It's likely a new record for degustation prices in Australia. In March 2023, chef Mauro Colagreco, whose French fine diner… Read More

2022 Butter Board craze on TicToc

In the 2020s the new food influencers are all using Tic Toc. And on 15 September 2022, one of the… Read More

2020 Fast food consumption rises during pandemic

In May 2021, the research company Roy Morgan reported that during 2020, more than 75% of Australians ate take-away food… Read More

2019 Gut health, peganism and faux meat food trends

Food trends identified as important for 2019 were eating for gut health, food shopping more frequently, "peganism" (a cross between… Read More

2019 Vegan certification introduced in Australia

With the a growing number of Australians adopting a vegan lifestyle, Vegan Australia launched a vegan certification program in January… Read More

2018 Domino’s vegan pizza

All the pundits predicting the 2018 food trends agreed on one thing. Vegetable-based foods were HOT, they said.  It seemed… Read More

2016 More Aussies are vegetarian

Roy Morgan research found that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults whose diet is all or almost… Read More

2015 Bone broth trend takes hold

As Jill Hogan wrote in The Canberra Times: "If you look at lists of the atrocities of 2014, you will… Read More

2015 Spending on takeaway rises

The ABS Household Expenditure Survey (2000) found that the average household spent $127 a week on foods and non-alcoholic beverages,… Read More

2015 Sugar a health hazard

Although some nutrition scientists had sounded warnings about sugar as early as 1972, its dangers were largely ignored by those… Read More

2014 Macca’s healthy cafe

In a world first, McDonald's trialled a new cafe concept in Sydney's Camperdown, opposite the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Macca's… Read More

2014 Health Star Rating on food packaging

In a response to growing concerns about obesity, the Health Star Rating system was developed by the Australian, state and… Read More

2014 Food trends according to Good Food Guide

Commenting on 2014 food trends, Larissa Dubecki and Jane Apelgren of The Age Good Food Guide identified pickles, kale, milk… Read More

2013 Keto diet becoming popular

The Keto diet (or ketogenic diet) was originally developed in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy. It echoed some… Read More

2013 International year of Quinoa

It's touted as a superfood. Quinoa (which we all know to pronounce as keen-wah) is often described as an ancient grain… Read More

2013 Choc Tops change hands

Rowena Foods, manufacturers of that favourite of cinema-goers, the Choc Top, was bought by Bulla Dairy Foods. Rowena's Choc Tops have… Read More

2013 The modern sandwich

How the modern sandwich has changed! The lunch! event held in Sydney for the takeaway food industry in 2013 incorporated competitions… Read More

2013 Chips most popular snack food

Roy Morgan Research released the results of a snack food survey showing that 33 per cent of Australians bought potato… Read More

2012 HelloFresh home delivery meals

Described as the food delivery business for home cooks, HelloFresh delivers a weekly box of ingredients including fresh meat and… Read More

2012 Death cap mushrooms kill three in Canberra

Two people died from liver damage after a New Year’s eve dinner in Canberra where they ate Amanita phalloides, or… Read More

2011 Superfoods redefined

The term "superfoods" (or, sometimes, super-foods) isn't new. As early as  1912, it was used in England to advertise a… Read More

2011 Politically correct product of the year

Australian supermarket Product of the Year was Organic Bubs Baby Food Pouches. This product ticked all the right boxes by… Read More

2011 Fast food chains hit big numbers

In 2008 an IGA survey reported in Foodweek found that 57% of Australians ate fast food at least once a… Read More

2011 Worst fast food named

The consumer organisation, CHOICE, named Hungry Jack's Ultimate Double Whopper as the worst fast food, with a single burger delivering… Read More

2011 Milestones in food presentation – blog

George Hill is a chef and educator  who has clearly seen (and done) it all. Hel posted an amusing summary… Read More

2010s New cuisines draw crowds

As we entered the second decade of the 21st century, the latest “in” cuisines were Korean, Mexican, South American (BBQ)… Read More

2010 noma named world’s best

Chef René Redzepi's restaurant noma displaced El Bulli as Restaurant magazine’s best in the world. The restaurant, located in Copenhagen, Denmark introduced… Read More

2010 Macaron craze

Macarons became 'the new cupcakes'. Consisting of two almond meal and egg white biscuits, sandwiched together with ganache, macarons in… Read More

2009 Pollywaffle discontinued

The Pollywaffle chocolate bar was introduced in 1947 by Hoadley’s Chocolates. It consisted of marshmallow inside a chocolate-coated wafer tube… Read More

2009 Domino’s fast food app

Domino's, who pioneered home delivery of pizza in Australia, released its first fast food app in 2009. The app allowed customers to… Read More

2008 Urbanspoon launches in Australia

Launched by three partners in the USA in 2006, Urbanspoon provided an online forum for peer-reviewing of restaurants. The service… Read More

2008 Subway abandons Anzac Biscuits

The Anzac Biscuit recipe is protected under Australian legislation, policed by the Department of Veterans'  Affairs. Commercially made Anzac Biscuits… Read More

2007 Prime Minister plugs Iced VoVo

The Iced VoVo is a sweet biscuit first made by Arnott’s around 1904.  It has two strips of pink icing… Read More

2005 Cupcake craze hits Australia

Thanks to the popularity of the American TV series Sex and the City, these highly decorated little cakes, the signature… Read More

2005 Seafood sustainability becomes an issue

Concerns about seafood sustainability were voiced at Tasting Australia in Adelaide and at a Slow Food conference in Melbourne. The… Read More

2005 Lamb for Australia Day

As a response to declining lamb sales, the Australian  Meat and Livestock Corporation recruited former Aussie Rules footballer and media… Read More

2004 Grill’d rethinks the hamburger chain

The hamburger has been around in Australia since the 1930s. The traditional "one with the lot" was cooked to order… Read More

2004 Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me

The American documentary film Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock aimed to expose the evils of fast food. The film… Read More

2003 Mo Vida rides Spanish wave

Barcelona-born Frank Camorra opened Mo Vida in laneway in Melbourne, with tapas as bar food and more substantial plates to… Read More

2003 Chia farm established in the Kimberley

It seems that every generation has its own superfoods. In the past, kiddies lined up for a spoonful of Saunders… Read More

2002 Food Standards Code introduced

The Food Standards Code set the standards for food labelling and composition for all States and Territories throughout Australia and New… Read More

2002 Paleo Diet developed

Based on the (false) premise that humans haven't evolved fast enough to cope with foods introduced since the end of… Read More

2002 The GI Diet popularised

The concept of the glycemic index was developed by Canadian Dr David Jenkins in 1980-81.  His research showed that some starchy… Read More

2000 Obesity on the rise

The 1999-2000 Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study indicated over seven million, or 60% of adult Australians aged 25 years… Read More

2000 GST introduced

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced by John Howard's Liberal government in 2000, providing another incentive to eat… Read More

2000 McDonald’s the Olympic restaurant

The official Olympic restaurant for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was that great Australian institution – McDonald's. The Sydney 2000… Read More

1999 Dick Smith Foods, the Aussie way

In 1999, entrepreneur Dick Smith launched Dick Smith Foods. The move was prompted by the increasing foreign ownership of iconic… Read More

1999 McDonald’s launches McOz

The truly Australian touch in this burger was the addition of beetroot. The McOz consisted of a burger patty with… Read More

1998-9 Egg consumption declines

n 1968 the American Heart Association announced a dietary recommendation that you should eat no more than 300 mg of… Read More

1998 Great Vanilla Slice Triumph

The Great Vanilla Slice Triumph began in Ouyen, Victoria, in 1998 after then-Victorian premier Geoff Kennett claimed the vanilla slice… Read More

1996 Modern Australian food defined

The term “Modern Australian” first appeared in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald  Good Food Guides in 1996. This description… Read More

1995 Fags become Fads

Fags were candy cigarettes, produced since the 1930s, initially by Riviera Confectionery and later by Fyna Foods. They were white,… Read More

1995-96 Takeaway sushi

Sushi had appeared in Sydney restaurants as early as 1963 and by 1982 the Australian Women's Weekly was telling people… Read More

1995 Slow Food Australia founded

Slow Food Australia operates through a series of convivia, each mandated directly from the Italian headquarters in Bra, Italy. The first… Read More

1994 Government regulates Anzac biscuits

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs must authorise the use of the term Anzac. In 1994 a general policy relating to… Read More

1992 Margarine outsells butter three to one

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report in 1994 quoted industry sources that put 1992 market shares of butter… Read More

1991 The Cheesecake Shop founded in Sydney

My daughter has a skill I never acquired. She's a dab hand at writing "Happy birthday" atop an iced cake,… Read More

1991 Easter Bilby campaign introduced

The Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia (RFA) developed and registered the Easter Bilby campaign in December 1991. The aim was to raise… Read More

1991 Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes KFC

With health-consciousness increasing, Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to eliminate the ‘F’ word. It became KFC. No longer ‘Finger-lickin’ good’,… Read More

1990 Tiny Teddy biscuits launched

Arnott’s Tiny Teddy biscuits hit the market, becoming the most successful product launch in the company’s history. More than five… Read More

1990s Food allergies in the news

Studies showed that peanut allergy in children increased from 0.5 to 1.5% between 1989 and 1994-6 in the UK and… Read More

1990 Heyday of the Caesar salad

Although generally held to be invented in 1924 by the eponymous Caesar Cardini at his hotel and restaurant in Tijuana,… Read More

1990s More pre-packaged meals

In the 1990s, individually packaged, ready-made meals and snacks appeared in increasing numbers in the supermarket. Microwave pasteurisation techniques extended… Read More

1990s Fusion cooking

Fusion cooking started before the 1990s (at Tetsuya’s, for example) but in this decade became more widespread. Chefs combined eastern… Read More

1989 Sausage sizzle electoral row

We love our "democracy sausage". But in 1989, the Labor Premier of Western Australia, Peter Dowding, was in trouble for… Read More

1989 food trends. French fries hot, crocodile steaks cold.

According to Mode Australia, a now defunct magazine published by Australian Consolidated Press, French fries, fresh crab cakes and mesculun… Read More

1988 Sun-dried tomatoes all the rage

In a 1988 article in The Age, Terry Durack’s essentials for a civilised weekend out of reach of a gourmet… Read More

1988 The term molecular gastronomy coined

Oxford  Professor of Physics,  Nicholas Kurti, and French physical chemist and magazine editor, Hervé This, coined the term molecular gastronomy… Read More

1988 First Australian Subway opens in Perth

Founded by Fred de Luca in Connecticut in 1965, the  Subway chain of sandwich shops was soon an expanding franchise operation. The… Read More

1987 Mackay Report on Food in the 1980s

Social researcher Hugh Mackay turned his attention to food. His 1987 Mackay Report, Food and Social Change, available in the… Read More

1986/87 Peters and Pauls have widest ice cream range

Peters and Pauls were brands of QUF (formerly Queensland United Foods). The range of ice cream products included : Drumstick,… Read More

Mid 80s The term ‘functional foods’ emerges

The term functional foods was first used in Japan to refer to foods with added ingredients that claim to provide… Read More

1985 Restaurant meal delivery service

While pizza delivery started in Brisbane as early as 1978, the first service set up for meal delivery from restaurants… Read More

1985 IKEA’s Swedish meatballs invented

On my husband’s 70th birthday, we brunched at IKEA because, one of our daughters told us, “That’s where all the… Read More

1984 Year of the Sticky Date Pudding

Sydney Morning Herald writer, David Dale, nominated Sticky Date Pudding as the signature dish of 1984.  There's no doubt the… Read More

1983 First tapas in Australia?

Opening towards the end of 1983, Torremolinos restaurant in Sydney claimed to be the only restaurant in Australia serving tapas.… Read More

1983 Hot chip vending machine

The now-defunct Precision Fry Foods Pty Ltd claimed to have invented Australia's first hot chip machine. It operated in Robe,… Read More

1983 Seafood dining in Melbourne

In 1983, Jean Jacques Lale-Demoz opened his seafood restaurant in North Melbourne. The fine diner was in the vanguard of… Read More

1983 Domino’s launches with home delivery

The first Australian Domino’s store opened in Springwood, Queensland, in 1983. Domino's home delivery service gave it an advantage over… Read More

1982 Bush foods research by Vic Cherikoff

There is evidence that early colonists consumed some native foods, perhaps more from necessity than choice. But once European-style agriculture… Read More

1982 Yoplait Yogurt launched

Prior to 1982, yoghurt was consumed mainly by recent immigrants and health fanatics. It was largely sold by health food… Read More

1982 Michael Symons publishes One Continuous Picnic

The first edition of One Continuous Picnic: A History of Australian Eating propounded the idea that Australian cuisine developed from… Read More

1981 Nachos on the bar menu

We know precisely when nachos were invented, but we don't know exactly when they arrived in Australia or when they… Read More

1981 First Donut King store

The first Donut King outlet opened in March 1981, in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bondi, Sydney. It was operated… Read More

1980 Christmas in July in the Blue Mountains

Christmas in July is not a wholly Australian tradition. But in Australia it seems to have its origins in the… Read More

1980 The term ‘foodie’ invented

Although the term 'foodie', for someone who is keenly interested in all things food, was first used by Gael Greene… Read More

1980 Chicken Parmigiana on the menu

Whether you call it a parma or a parmi, Chicken Parmigiana is now an Aussie pub staple. It's impossible to… Read More

1980 Michel’s Patisserie founded in Sydney

Was there a Michel behind Michel's Patisserie? And was he actually French? The coffee and cake chain, now known just… Read More

1980 Kraft goes gourmet

By the 1980s, tastes were changing.  Kraft launched feta cheese, a satay sauce range and olives, as well as a… Read More

1980 Bakers Delight founded in Melbourne

It's no surprise to see American food outlets spreading their tentacles across Australia. It's much more surprising to see an… Read More

1980 Kangaroo meat sales legalised in S.A.

Even when it became legal to sell kangaroo meat in South Australia this local game was slow to find its… Read More

1980s Low fat a high priority

The first branded, fat-reduced milks arrive, along with low fat salad dressings and cholesterol-free mayonnaise. In 1982, the Australian Nutrition… Read More

1980s Yum cha becomes popular

Literally 'drink tea', yum cha became popular in Australia in the early 1980s, first taking hold in the Chinatown establishments… Read More

1980s New Asian food choices

With the White Australia policy firmly in the past new Asian food choices emerged on the restaurant scene. The arrival… Read More

Late 1970s Peter Russell-Clarke sells eggs

As question marks were raised about eggs as high-cholesterol food, The Victorian Egg Board enlisted the services of artist, author… Read More

1979 Chicken salt goes commercial

Chicken salt is as Australian as Vegemite, although with a shorter history. It was invented by Peter Brinkworth in the… Read More

1979 First Ali Baba kebab store

The first Ali Baba kebab restaurant opened in 1979 outside the Woden Plaza in Canberra’s inner south. It was founded… Read More

1979 Sourdough revival begins at Feedwell Foundry

Sourdough bread, say the purists, is made simply from flour, water and salt. The rising agent, or "leaven" is natural… Read More

1979 The Pritikin Program For Diet And Exercise

American nutritionist Nathan Pritikin’s book,  The Pritikin Program For Diet And Exercise, spent a year on the New York Times’… Read More

1978 First home-delivered pizza

Home-delivered pizza was pioneered in Australia by Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill in 1978.  The business,… Read More

1978 First McDonald’s Drive-Thru

In 1978, Australia's first McDonald's Drive-Thru opened in Warrawong, New South Wales. This was just three years after their first… Read More

1978 Vogue’s Champagne Diet

The Champagne Diet, published in Australian Vogue, made much of the fact that champagne was the least fattening of all… Read More

1977 Howqua Dale weekend retreat founded

Sarah Stegley and Marieke Brugman owned and operated the Howqua Dale Gourmet Retreat, at Mansfield in central Victoria for 30… Read More

1976 First muesli bar in Australia

Australia's first muesli bar was the Uncle Tobys Toasted Muesli Crunchola Bar, launched in 1976. It was a jolly good… Read More

1976 Kraft Singles launched

The best thing since sliced bread was sliced cheese. Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of processed cheddar were launched in… Read More

1976 Overseas travel changing tastes

By 1976, a million people were leaving Australia annually to travel overseas. They now travelled by air, not by sea,… Read More

1976 Australia’s first genuine Thai restaurant

Well, we have a controversy. I have received a note from Dr Wilbur Hughes, who claims I wrongly identified the… Read More

1975? Savoury slice invented in Murray Bridge

The savoury slice is a truly regional dish, apparently found only in a tiny pocket of South Australia around the… Read More

1974 Pink Lady apples developed in WA

Pink Lady is a promotional name for an apple variety known as Cripps Pink. The apple was developed by horticulturalist… Read More

1972 Atkins diet

Introduced in the book Dr Atkins Diet Revolution, the Atkins diet promised people they could lose weight while eating as… Read More

1972 Red Rooster founded in WA

The Aussie-owned fast food chain began in Western Australia.  Originally a family business, Red Rooster was acquired, and the chain… Read More

1971 Humpty Doo Hotel opens

It's not the most historic, the most glamorous or even the quirkiest pub in Australia's Northern Territory. Unlike the Mataranka… Read More

1971 Hungry Jack’s launches in Australia

The US chain Burger King couldn’t use their own brand in Australia, as the name had been trademarked by a… Read More

1971 Space Food Sticks launched in Australia

Space Food Sticks were developed by Pillsbury in the USA. The company worked in conjunction with NASA to develop a… Read More

1971 Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs

Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs were launched in 1971. They were based on a similar American product called Cracker Jack, which… Read More

1971 First Australian McDonald’s opens in Sydney

The first Australian McDonald's opened in the Sydney suburb of Yagoona 16 years after the company was founded in the USA.… Read More

1970 Pizza Hut launches in Australia

The first Australian Pizza Hut opened in Belfield, Sydney in April 1970.  The building (shown here) was most recently a Korean… Read More

1971 Smoked oysters fall from grace

1971 was the year when smoked oysters  became socially unacceptable. Playing Stork in the eponymous movie, actor Bruce Spence single-handedly… Read More

1970s Counterculture revolt

In the late ‘60s and early ’70s, the counterculture revolt railed against everything that symbolised the industrial state. It included a… Read More

1969 Weight Watchers kicks off weight loss industry in Australia

It warranted a full page in the Australian Women's Weekly. In 1969, Nancy Richardson arrived from the United States to… Read More

1968 Subway emerges in Connecticut

A recent high school graduate, 17 year old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck teamed up to open… Read More

1968 Kentucky Fried Chicken launches in Australia

Australia's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened in Guildford in Sydney’s western suburbs on 27th April 1968, with a staff… Read More

1967? Caramello Koala introduced

According to Wikipedia, the Caramello Koala first appeared in 1966 under the name of Caramello Bear. Other websites have taken… Read More

1967 Australia’s first frozen Chinese meals?

Although there had previously been frozen TV dinner ranges which included Asian dishes, the first all-Chinese frozen meal range may… Read More

1967 Bourbon & Beefsteak, Kings Cross

In 1967 a new era in the Americanisation of Australian food began. King's Cross in Sydney was the location of… Read More

1965 Red Tulip After Dinner Mints

Red Tulip didn’t invent the after-dinner mint. Rowntree’s After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins were launched in England in 1962, but… Read More

1965 First kebabs in Sydney

According to the operators of Uncle Tony’s Kebabs, the first kebabs were introduced in Sydney by Lebanese immigrant Tony Khater in… Read More

1965 Australia’s first food court

These days, we don't just go to shopping centres to shop. We go to eat. Shopping centre food courts can… Read More

1964 The Big Banana

Claiming to be the first and most famous of Australia's "Big Things" (although it was actually pipped by the Big… Read More

1964 Golden Fleece roadhouses promoted

It's not clear when the first of the Golden Fleece branded restaurants was opened - perhaps in the 1950s or… Read More

1963 Drumstick ice cream introduced

Peters Drumstick was launched in Australia in 1963. It wasn't invented here though. Like its predecessor the Eskimo Pie, the… Read More

1963 Tim Tams launched

In 1963, Arnott’s launched Tim Tams , a new chocolate-covered biscuit based on a British product called Penguin. They were… Read More

1963 Bertie Beetle launched by Hoadley’s

The chocolate Bertie Beetle was launched by Hoadley's in 1963 and is generally supposed to have been created as a… Read More

1962 Calamari first featured in Australian Women’s Weekly

For most of Australia's colonial history, squid (aka calamari) was thought of as fisherman's bait. Only after World War II,… Read More

1962 Deb Instant Mashed Potato

The potato has long been Australia's favourite vegetable. In early colonial days, stews relied on the starchy tuber to bulk… Read More

1962 New Year’s Eve at the Rex Hotel, Bondi

The special New Years's Eve menu at the Rex Hotel was typical for its time. It offered Oysters Naturelle or… Read More

1962 Mr Whippy arrives in Australia

The Mr Whippy ice cream van company was founded in Birmingham, England, in 1958. Just four years later the franchise… Read More

1962 Christmas menu at Hotel Astra, Bondi

The multi-course Christmas menu at the Hotel Astra, Bondi, offered such choices as Oysters Natural au Citron, Consomme Royale, Fillet… Read More

1962 Southern Cross Hotel opens in Melbourne

The Southern Cross Hotel was the first luxury hotel in Melbourne to depart from the traditional style of hotels like… Read More

1962 First Burger King in Adelaide

Adelaide's Burger King chain had nothing to do with the similarly-named chain in the United States founded in 1953. However,… Read More

1962 Hawaiian Pizza created in Canada

History does not record when the first Hawaiian Pizza arrived in Australia. But the man credited with its invention was… Read More

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