“The pleasures of the table- good food, good company and good design, are the foundations of our approach”
Julie Manfredi Hughes is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated restaurateurs and is managing director of Manfredi Enterprises.
Since the opening of The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983 , Julie has influenced and defined Australian food culture through projects that stay true to a heritage of tradition, design, effortlessness and innovation. With over thirty years’ experience in her field, she has played a key part in the direction and refinement of Sydney’s dining scene.
She brings a creative approach together with business and marketing expertise to Manfredi Enterprises, working in collaboration with artists, architects, interior decorators, and graphic designers to create the distinct aesthetic approach that defines the Manfredi brand.
At the helm of Restaurant Manfredi opened in 1983 and bel mondo, a land mark restaurant, opened with Stefano Manfredi in 1996, Julie secured her place as an innovator.
Most recently, Julie’s leadership, expertise, passion and vision can be seen in signature restaurants, Manfredi at Bells and Osteria Balla Manfredi at The Star, as well as Espresso di Manfredi’s new variety of coffee blends and ceramics.
Above her role with the Manfredi signature brands, Julie has also served as a culinary consultant for the launch of food concepts in places such as Myer and the Art Gallery of NSW. She has also served as a member of the board of The NSW Restaurant and Catering Association, whilst maintaining her involvement in support of community service and the arts. In 1999, she was inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the Telstra Australian Industry Private Sector Business Woman of the year award.
“In our restaurants, it’s very important to create seemingly effortless elements that feel like they have always been there, that are timeless.” – Julie Manfredi Hughes.
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