What our entrepreneurs had to say...


"Thanks, Linda. My business has doubled in the last month, thanks to lots of tips on how to improve customer service. I thoroughly enjoyed your workshops and study guides. Lots of valuable information on customer service. My staff and I often refer back to the study guides as they are a constant reminder on how to get customers coming in the door and improve customer sales." (Sally Moore)

"I have really enjoyed the 2-day workshop with Linda. I have gained so much more knowledge and I am feeling more confident and determined to not only start my business but also work hard at making it a success. I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone looking into their own business who is unsure where to begin, you will not be disappointed." (Niki Telford, Coffee Shop).

"Wonderful and very educational. Tailored to my business and requirements. The trainer had a wealth of knowledge." (Danielle Hicks)

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I have known Linda Bamford in her capacity as Functions Manager for 10 years. It is during this time she has shown her understanding of food and beverage to be of the highest order. Her co-operation and her attention to detail in the planning and organisation of functions was shown to be beyond reproach.

Murray BreanAssistant House Manager at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW

This workshop was really helpful! Useful tips and information shared throughout the whole course. Extra handouts as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to find answers to all of our questions. Even outside of the course hours.

Aline LorieriLoose Gourmet Churros Food Market Stall

Linda is an excellent training facilitator – extremely efficient, very competent, and always professional in her attitude. Her enthusiasm, wealth of experience and a most happy disposition have a wonderful and positive effect on her students.

Siggy NowakManager at Internet and Business Training Centre, Queensland

The workshop/study guide is easy to follow and certainly boosted my confidence. Linda’s extremely knowledgeable and helpful – I look forward to either attending more workshops or purchasing more study guides in the future.

Amit MadanBella Amici Italian Restaurant, Queensland

I’ve increased my overall profit since putting into action the tips I learnt from Linda. An absolute must for anyone who would like to learn and know anything about entering the hospitality business. I was new to operating a cafe business. I had experience as a chef but no hospitality management and marketing skills. Linda is so enthusiastic and passionate about helping you to run a successful business. Lots of hands-on knowledge. Thanks Linda.

Jay SewellJay’s Cafe, Queensland

A La Carte Training workshops were very informative and encouraging. Linda’s style of teaching and knowledge of the food industry is second to none. I feel confident to putting into practice all I have learned in my new cafe! Thank you.

Andree BellCafe/Coffee Shop

This is my first food and restaurant course. I learnt lots about catering and food costs from Linda as well as from the lovely group of people who shared their experiences. I recommend Linda who will guide you through all the areas of setting up and growing a food service business. Thank you Linda.

Muniamma Rao (Bobby)Bobby’s Indian Cuisine

I thought I would pass on some great feedback we recently had about your classes. A student who recently completed your program rang to ask about enrolling in further classes. She mentioned how much she had enjoyed your classes, how interesting you made things and also the fact that you covered everything so thoroughly. Congratulations on your efforts and keep up the good work.

Tracey JohnsonManager at The Better Business Centre, Queensland

Linda has a world of knowledge and experience. Very informative and easy-to-use eBooks. I have learnt so much.

Shelly MartinCakes by Shell

Linda has a vast knowledge of restaurant and catering management. Lots of information relevant to my business. I would definitely download her user friendly eBooks in the near future.

Vanitha LangKastury’s Indian Cuisine

All the information on law, management, marketing as well as tips and tricks were unbelievable. At least I know what is involved in handling and managing a food business. Thank you Linda for your precious help.

Gavina Deiana PecciGavina’s Kitchen

It is indeed a pleasure being able to pass on a recommendation for Linda Bamford of A La Carte Caterers. Linda’s catering service was often called upon not only by my organisation, but also by many of my clients over the past three years. There was a regular call for boardroom luncheons which were always well presented and on the occasions of special functions we could always rely on Linda and her team to come up with something spectacular. Linda provided a service that coordinated not only food and beverage, but items such as decorations, flowers, music, etc. I have no hesitation in recommending Linda’s services for any catering requirements.

B SummersOwner at Eagleview Serviced Offices, Queensland

Linda was lovely and really easy to understand. If there was anything Linda didn’t know the answer to, she would research it and present it at the next class. Very professional and her experience is invaluable. I would recommend A La Carte Training to anyone looking at getting into the food business.

Amanda JohnsonFiery Lion (Popside Food Markets/Truck)

I learnt how to start up a food business – from setting up, to costing, management and marketing. I can highly recommend A La Carte Training so you can avoid what not to do before you start your food business.

Janet WardleCatering Business

The Filipino Shop is one among the original food market stall holders in Southport Chinatown. Linda has guided me well in the topic of food costings. The workshop is also a good venue to test market a food concept or product. The famous grilled corn flavours was refined during this workshop.

Edwin SalazarThe Filipino Shop (Convenience Store, Street Food Market)

Many thanks Linda to you and your team of the Courtyard Cafe for providing such a delicious lunch (and so prompt) to the group of American journalists visiting the region. It was a delightful combination of lunch served in a garden setting and it was all beautifully timed. It was a most successful day – let’s hope we receive some good publicity in the USA to increase the number of American tourists visiting the area.

Jenny TideyTourist Promotions Officer at Mudgee Shire Tourist Information Centre, NSW