Creative, hardworking and result oriented, Tom Rutherford has remained a leader in his field, producing pioneering, market leading cuisine in corporate events and food businesses for 38 years. Tom is known to push the boundaries of creativity and operational success in food and beverage, restaurants and events consistently delivering avant-garde event and business outcomes.

Starting out at Le Gavroche, London the flagship restaurant of the Roux brothers, Tom honed his craft as a restaurateur under six years of expert personal tutelage of Albert Roux himself. In 1987, Tom created the Truffle Group Catering Company through which he produced innovative special events including a decade of Cointreau Balls, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Gold and Silver dinners, hundreds of incentive groups and launches for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Banque Nationale de Paris and Alan Jones.

The Truffle Group presented Australian cuisine for Heads of State at both the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano and was the caterer at the Sydney 2000 Sponsor Hospitality Centre, the Nike Athlete Centre and the Samsung Rendezvous Centre.

Tom was approached to create a restaurant for the Super Yacht Marina in Rozelle Bay and in turn created Liquidity Restaurant, Bar and Marquee. The operation was a finalist in the 2001 Restaurant of the Year awards. Between 1999 and 2002 Tom worked on the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground contracts and later secured the jewel in the Sydney venue crown - the Sydney Opera House.

After 17 years Tom passed on the mantle of the Truffle Group and bought one of Sydney’s great joys, Beach Road, revitalising it with a new look and menu. Beach Road won the RC&A’s Best New Restaurant award in the first year of operation and Best Restaurant with Entertainment the following year.

Since 2008, Tom has been developing a boutique food and management agency for events and business. Tom’s unique blend of innovation, vision and hands-on approach means he just doesn’t have the ideas - he puts them to the test – himself.

The F&B management approach sees Tom articulately analysing, strategising and inspiring businesses through a food and beverage transformation, with an innate ability to increase retail sales, while engaging with the client through presentation and a value for money eye for detail. His quality approach gets results – quickly and effectively for long term profitability and success.

Tom’s Clients include: Foxtel, where he introduced a new caterer and catering model which has doubled the turnover and satisfaction of the staff cafe; Panthers Group, where he has bought clarity to the food and beverage operations increasing the turnovers significantly in Penrith and Newcastle; Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, on designing, resourcing and implementing a strategic plan for the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour; the Langham Sydney, who Tom mentored to re-invent themselves as a premium dining location.

He curated a taste of NSW for the gala ATE event for Destination NSW, delivery ground breaking event concepts to huge applause and now does the same with Tourism Australia’s biggest annual promotion, Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE)

Tom also works internationally and has just recently produced 4 dinners for 500 guests at 3 star Michelin standard for HSBC’s 150 anniversary in Hong Kong and is currently working in the food and beverage plan for Louvre Abu Dhabi in the UAE

He speaks regularly on future food and beverage trends and plays a very strong role as mentor to many.

Over many years Tom, Albert Roux and his son Michel Jr have remained in contact, they collaborate regularly with their mutual Asia-Pacific partners.