Industry Inspired.
Industry Integrated.

NICI offers elite training and experience for aspiring indigenous Chefs who will be trained and mentored by Australia’s top Chefs at host restaurants from Rockpool Bar and Grill, Bistro Guillaume, Catalina, Aria, The European, Movida, The Dolphin Hotel, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and more in Sydney and Melbourne.

Helping create Indigenous chefs since 2012.

NICI was established in 2012 as a not-for-profit partnership committed to finding and training the next generation of culinary leaders, and is now the leading Indigenous chef training program in Australia.

As a hospitality training program, we aim high, working with the top chefs and restauranteurs to provide exceptional career opportunities. We want our graduates to make major contributions to the Australian hospitality industry through their skills and leadership. We want to see more Indigenous chefs with their own restaurants and food businesses, with their own chef’s hat awards, and with their own success stories.

Partnered with Giants

NICI is proud to be partnered with leading hospitality companies along with top Australian and global brands

Interested in becoming a partner?


Our Patrons

We acknowledge and appreciate the contribution and support from our Patrons.

Mr Bill Wavish

Founding Board Member and former NICI Chairman

Mr Bill Wavish

Founding Board Member and former NICI Chairman

Culinary Guardians

Neil Perry

Corey Costelloe

Frank Camorra

Guillaume Brahimi

Board of Directors

Bill Sweeney


Rod Harys


Jill Dupliex


Katie Lahey AM


Michael Ingrey


Gary Green


Jarred Hodges


Mayrah Sonter


Nathan Lovett


Get in touch

If you or your company wish to invest in the education and skilled employment of indigenous Australians, please contact us.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters upon which we work, cook, and bring people together