- Legendary Australian chef Matt Moran has joined Accor Stadium as a Culinary Ambassador in time for some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events in Australia.
- Matt’s appointment will elevate the dining experience at Accor Stadium.
- This new culinary experience will begin at the NRL Grand Final, and will showcase some of NSW’s finest produce.
World-renowned chef and restauranteur Matt Moran has joined Accor Stadium as a Culinary Ambassador and will bring his expertise and inspirations to the NRL Grand Final in Sydney on Sunday 2 October.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the Australian food industry, Matt is committed to elevating the food offering and showcasing NSW produce at some of the nation’s biggest sport and entertainment events.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with the team that operates Accor Stadium in the Venues NSW network and I’m looking forward to sharing my food philosophy with the chefs who cater for such large numbers of guests at every event,” Matt said today.
“At the heart of everything I do is a passion for quality produce that is fresh and seasonal, and I’m excited by the challenge of bringing my food philosophy to life at this fantastic venue, which hosts our favourite footy teams, major concerts and so many business, community and cultural events off the playing fields.”
Venues NSW CEO Kerrie Mather said the partnership with Matt Moran would continue the network-wide transformation of the match-day experience for members and corporate partners.
“This is an important step in expanding NSW’s world-leading hospitality offerings into our major stadiums,” Ms Mather said. “I can’t wait to see Matt and his team deliver the best food and beverage experiences at NSW’s biggest sporting events and concerts.”
Accor Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry said as well as the match-day corporate and member experience, the big winners will be the scores of non-event day functions and events at the venues.
Matt will also bring his inspiration to feature food items in the General Admission areas of the stadium at major events, including the Grand Final.
“Matt Moran is an Australian food icon who has a real passion for delivering exceptional culinary experiences and we believe he can help us achieve a new level of in-stadium food offerings while showcasing the best of NSW produce,” Mr Kerry said.
Matt Moran, who has a plethora of awards and best-selling cookbooks to his name, is also the owner of some of Australia’s most celebrated dining establishments, including Aria Sydney, Chiswick, Chophouse, Barangaroo House, North Bondi Fish, Opera Bar, River Bar & Kitchen in Brisbane, Crafted by Matt Moran, Opera Kitchen and The Rockley Pub.
With a rural upbringing on a classic Aussie dairy farm, Matt still runs a property in the Central Tablelands of NSW, which supplies beef and lamb to his restaurants. He was the pioneer of “paddock to plate” philosophy in Australia and believes in the importance of everyone understanding the origins of the food being served on their plate.
“Food, farm and family are the three most important things for me in life – footy might come in fourth – but it’s my love for quality, seasonal and locally sourced produce that drives me to keep creating exceptional food experiences,” Matt said.
“I love the diversity of our landscape and fantastic produce that we have to work with. The quality and the variety is something we’re known for. Each stadium will be showcasing this seasonally within its food offerings.
“For Grand Final Day at Accor Stadium, there will be a tender chargrilled harissa Bannockburn chicken and slow-roasted Moran family lamb shoulder on the menu
“The team at Accor Stadium is already committed to sourcing locally grown, fresh food which is delivered by incredibly talented chefs – so I can’t wait to share some of our ideas and offerings and lift the stadium food offering further.”
Matt Moran will bring his food expertise to all of Accor Stadium’s upcoming events including NRL Finals, Monster Jam (8 October), the Celtic FC v Everton FC Sydney Super Cup match (20 November), and major concerts over summer that include Guns N Roses (27 November), Red Hot Chili Peppers with Post Malone (2 February), Ed Sheeran (24-25 February) and Harry Styles (3-4 March).