FSAA Hall of Fame Alumni

Tom Colless

TomCollessInducted 2011
Known affectionately among many in the foodservice industry as the “Blue Mountains Fossil “he joined his father in the food industry in 1955 (peeling potatoes & “ drawing “ chickens ).

He was the foundation Chairman of IFFDA (NSW Independent Frozen Food Distributors ) which started in 1967 and a  foundation Director of NAFDA which was formed in 1989. He also led a visit to the USA in the early 1990’s forming an association with Unipro

Tom has formed many close relationships with supplier CEO’s and staff over the years & was renowned for his faxing to one & all.

In 2008 he built a state of the art distribution facility in Katoomba and has received numerous charity awards for his service to the Blue Mountains community.

In 2009 Tom was awarded the OAM for his service to the community & business groups.

Maurice Kemp

MauriceKempInducted 2011
Maurice graduated from William Angliss Food School in 1967 following a Commercial Cooking Apprenticeship at the Royal Automobile Club Victoria.

He then worked in top end restaurants & hotels, in Melbourne, Canberra, & Sydney.

In 1973 he joined the founding sales force of White Wings Food Service Division, as Product Development Chef. Over ten years, the job expanded into a sales role, together with R&D. Promoted to South Australian & NT Sales manager, he returned 3 years later to Sydney, as Export manager.

Maurice left White Wings to join the Hobart manufacturing company as Product Manager.

In his time with White Wings & Hobart, he supported the industry through Salons Culinaire at the ICTF. In 1976 he competed at Food & Hotel Asia and was successful in three classes. In 1987 he captained the Australian team to the World Culinary Arts Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

In 1991 he began his own business, importing & distributing Commercial Catering Equipment.

Maurice is a Fellow of the Catering Institute of Australia and a member of the Chefs Chapter of the CIA.

He has also been awarded a Doctorate of Food Service, for service to the industry by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers

He was the first Certified Food Service Professional "CFSP" awarded by NAFES, a past President of the International Catering Trade Fair Association and past President of the National Australian Food Equipment Suppliers Association.

Noel Benson

NoelBensonInducted 2011
Noel was introduced to the Australian Food Service market in 1970 in the role of Sales Clerk for the Unilever margarine business based in Melbourne.

He went on to experience sales roles in Representative and Managerial positions in Victoria and Tasmania with Unilever until 1982 when he then transferred with Unilever to Queensland as State Sales Manager for their Non Grocery business, managing the Bakery, Food Service and Industrial Cleaning Business Units within the State.

Noel managed the business in Queensland until 1993 when he was transferred to Sydney in the role of National Distributor Manager.

During the period 1993 to 1998 he managed National sales teams which at one stage incorporated the Grocery and Food Service sales teams for Flora Foods.

Also during this period he participated on the committee of the Australian Foodservice Manufacturers Association, including 3 years as Vice President and 1 year as President.

Noel then spent 2 years at Top Hat Fine Foods as National Manager Food Service which involved the rebranding of this business in the market place.

In 2001 he moved into SPC and during the period until now has worked with the merger of SPC and Ardmona in 2002 and the acquisition of SPCA by Coca Cola Amatil in 2005.

During this period in National roles, the SPCA Food Service business has obtained high recognition and is regarded as a key trading partner in the industry.