Corporate Events

Your event at the Taronga Centre, is not just a function…. It’s a vision. For our team, it’s taking your ideas combining it with our experience and creating something truly unique.

Newly designed menus by leading celebrity chef Sean Connolly…

With the increased interest in food and wine over the last several years and the success of many cooking television shows, Restaurant Associates understands that your event is a culinary experience for your guests. Restaurant Associates is extremely fortunate to have access to some of the best chefs in the world.  The continued flair, innovation and dining experience that is injected throughout our business ensures that we continue to inspire our customers and our chefs.


Sean Connolly

Leading Celebrity Chef and Restaurant Associates Ambassador Sean Connolly has created a stunning new function menu with matching wines.

Sean Connolly’s passion for cooking was evident the day he enrolled in his Yorkshire school’s home economics class – the only boy to do so. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking, Connolly started his chef’s apprenticeship at the Pennine Hilton in Leeds, working for free two nights a week at the age of thirteen.

He has since then owned and worked in several leading restaurants including his appointment at Star City’s Astral in 1995. He successfully worked to position the restaurant as one of Sydney’s top fine-dining destinations, being awarded a Chef’s Hat for an impressive five consecutive years.

His latest venture with restaurateur Frazer Short, The Morrison in Sydney’s CBD, is a New York style restaurant and oyster bar and is already a huge success.

Sean works closely with the team at Taronga and is often seen on site at events.



  • Chef of the Year, 2008 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards
  • Chef’s Hat, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards (Astral)
  • One star, Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011 (Astral)
  • Chef of the Year, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence
  • Chef of the Year, 2008 GQ Man of the Year Awards
Best Fine Dining Restaurant in a Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence NSW & ACT 2007 & 2010 (Astral).


Jeremy Cheyne

Our Executive Chef, Jeremy Cheyne has a passion for outstanding food and  efficient delivery. He has worked in a number of leading restaurants and hotels around the world and his organisational  and logistic skills  successfully manages a collection of function venues throughout the zoo. Whether it be a small conference for 20 guests through to cocktail event for 500 guests, Jeremy and his team will deliver inspirational food that your guests will remember.

Our corporate team work closely with Jeremy to create the vision for your event. With over 30 years of hospitality experience between them, our corporate team can accommodate any of your event ideas.

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Case Study

Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure Welcome Dinner

Taronga Zoo welcomed 302 of Oprah’s special guests with a gala dinner on the 8th December 2010. Arriving by boat at the Taronga Zoo wharf, the group were whisked into the zoo to be formally welcomed by the Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay and Zoo Director Cameron Kerr. They were then treated to a special ‘Free Flight Birdshow’ and delighted by the array of Australian birds demonstrating their dazzling flying talents against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.

The party then moved to a massive Australian-themed marquee where they met and learned more about iconic Australian animals including koalas, echidnas and quokkas. The menu for the evening was specially designed by Jeremy Cheyne and showcased Australia’s best produce and the wines were selected from within NSW wineries.