FSAA Hall of Fame Alumni

Marc Edwards

Marc EdwardsInducted 2012
Marc has been in the Foodservice industry for almost 40 years.

In that time he has worked in a range of sales management roles with leading food, beverage and equipment companies, including Café Bar, Taylor HPL, Berri, National Foods, Lion and Fonterra.

From 2001 Marc served on the Board of AFMA and was President from 2003-2006. He was instrumental in the transition of AFMA into the Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia where he served as Deputy Chair from 2006-2011. He played a very active role in helping establish the association as the leading National body representing suppliers to the Foodservice industry.

Kevin Wood

Kevin WoodInducted 2012
Now the Chairman of the Comcater Board of Directors, Kevin has an extensive history in the foodservice industry, having begun his career with refrigeration company, the Luke Group. Kevin has held a number of managerial positions in which he has experienced many aspects of the industry both in Australia and overseas.

In the 1980s he was elected President of the Catering Institute of Victoria, and eventually became Senior Vice President of the Catering Institute of Australia wherein he worked to raise the standards of the profession, initiating training programs and creating awareness of health and safety issues.

Kevin was instrumental in founding the National Association of Food Equipment Suppliers, establishing industry safety and employment standards. He was the first Australian to gain a Doctorate of Foodservice in 1991, and was made the first Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Hospital Catering in Australia. He is highly respected in the industry for his contributions to promoting higher standards of food production, and the education of foodservice professionals.

Bob Creighton

BobCreightonInducted 2010
Bob is most prominently known for his role as head of McCormick's Foodservice business over a long period, building strong relationships at both distributor and end user level.

Initially based in Sydney with Unilever, he moved to Melbourne to take up the State Sales Manager role with McCormick's Foods in 1980. He was promoted to National sales manager in 1984.

Bob is credited with building McCormick's Foodservice into what is today a thriving business.

He is known across the industry as a true professional who loved his job and delivered that with a great sense of humour and passion! 

Ted Davis

TedDavisInducted 2010
Ted started his career as an apprentice cook, gaining his qualifications at East Sydney Technical College.

After spending time in London as a cook, he returned to Australia into teaching commercial cookery, then moving to Operations Manager at the college.

From there he moved into sales roles with in the commercial equipment channel. He has held senior positions with companies such as J. Goldstein & Sons, Luke Equipment, Litton Corporation, Welequip and FSM.

He was also General manager of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney.

He has been very active in a number of industry associations including being National President of CKECA, a Board member of NAFES and the HTN and still plays an actibe role as convenor for NAFES. 

Mike Phillips

MikePhillipsInducted 2010
Mike is a pioneer of the Foodservice industry and is seen as a humble, fair and friendly person.

A leader in the Foodservice Distribution channel for 30 years, Mike is probably knbown as "Mr. John Lewis"! As managing Director of John Lewis Foodservice, he implemmented many systems and programs that established the business as a genuine leader in its field, and set the standard for many other distribution businesses.

He established a strategic partnership with William Angliss Food School to help further the knowledge of his staff via an accreditation process.

In 1996 he was awarded the Foodservice Person of the Year by AFMA, after John Lewis had been Wholesaler of the Year from 1989 to 1996.

He has been Chairman of Combined Foodservices of Australia since 2001.

Alan Plumb

AlanPlumbInducted 2009
Alan first came to prominence as General Manager of Menu Master Foodservice in 1979. From there he formed Chefs Pride with partner Brian Marshall.

For 25 years Alan was seen as the face of Chefs Pride, driving a prominent and premium position for the brand.

For many years he was President of the CTFA and ICTF, a Board member and President of AFMA, and served on the Board of the then Associaiton of Professional Cooks & Chefs for 16 years. He was the first and only "non-chef"to be awarded Life membership of the association.

Rick Smith

RickSmithInducted 2009
Rick joined PFD Foodservices in 1959 as a salesman/driver. He was promoted to Sales Manager in 1968 and General Manager in 1970.

In 1975 he lead a consortium to acquire PFD from I & J Foods. Opening a new, expanded facility at Knoxfield in 1977, the warehouse doubled its capacity within three years.

He purchased the business from the other partners in 1988 while at the same time acquiring the Glacier Foods Group. This move provided a regional network for business expansion and establish a strategic platform for the future.

Over the yeras PFD has grown to be a leader in the Australian Foodservice market. With national reach and a large infrastructure, including more than 2,000 staff, the business is a reflection of the drive, dedication and commitment of Rick.

Rob Yeomans

RobYeomansInducted 2009
Rob started in the Foodservice industry as an advertising representative with Peter Isaacson Publications. Peter decided to enter the Hospitality sector and Hospitality magazine appeared soon afterwards.

Whilst with Hospitality magazine, Rob joined the committee of the International catering Trade Fair where he remained for 40 years in various capacities including President.

In 1972 Rob started his own publishing business from which Open House magazine emerged. It is seen as a leading publication within the Foodservice industry.

It was Rob who initiated the process of forming an association for all suppliers to the Foodservice industry. From this came FSAANZ, which is today the FSAA.