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Saturday 29 June 2024

Top chef's talents snapped up by historical venue

Leading chef Scott Pickett is to overse the food offering at the revamped Old Melbourne Gaol.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has announced that VenuesLive, in collaboration with the Scott Pickett Group, as the new catering partner for the iconic facility.

This new partnership is billed as "promising to enhance the dining and event experiences at one of Melbourne's most historic venues".

Old Melbourne Gaol, a site rich with history, and offers a distinctive setting for a variety of events, from corporate functions to weddings and private celebrations.

VenuesLive was awarded the Caterer of the Year gong at the National Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence in November 2023,

VenuesLive's offering will be driven by the Scott Pickett Group, led by one of Australia’s top chef-restaurateurs.

The Scott Pickett Group says it aims to deliver events and meals tailored to the ambiance of Old Melbourne Gaol.

“We are delighted to partner with Scott Pickett, one of Australia’s finest chef-restaurateurs, to bring to life one of the nation’s most unique and spectacular dining venues,” said VenuesLive managing director Daryl Kerry.

“Old Melbourne Gaol is a building of great significance and a famous Victorian landmark. Working closely with the National Trust of Australia, our commitment is to deliver world-class restaurant-quality experiences in this unique and amazing function and event setting."

There is enthusiasm all round.

“This partnership with VenuesLive and the Scott Pickett Group marks an exciting chapter for Old Melbourne Gaol,” said Philip Martins, interim CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

“Their combined expertise will enhance our heritage site and deliver extraordinary experiences for all our guests.

"This collaboration ushers in a new era for the National Trust of Victoria, where heritage is seamlessly integrated into the modern Melbourne story."

Pickett says he is equally excited.

“I’m a pretty bold guy and that runs through my food philosophy," he said. "I love to present bold events that are truly memorable. At the Gaol, I’m excited to work with Daryl and the VenuesLive team to present restaurant-quality food with a focus on locality,”

For more information about hosting events at Old Melbourne Gaol with VenuesLive and the Scott Pickett Group, you can visit

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