AGFG Chef’s Hat recipient, Matt Merrin is the Executive Chef at JAM, one of Townsville’s top performing restaurants. Matt shares his passion to grow the food scene in Townsville, bringing you his own expert insight about what’s hot on the culinary front each season.


Thank you and congratulations to the team at JAM for receiving our 2018 Chef Hat from Australian Good Food & Travel Guide.

This will be the sixth year in a row for us and I appreciate the hard work and commitment it takes to receive this
prestigious industry acknowledgement.

Well done also, to A Touch of Salt for picking up a Chef Hat; I know the Brine family is also very proud of their team’s achievements.

With less than 400 restaurants across Australia receiving a Chef Hat award this year, Townsville having two restaurants receiving these AGFG Hats can assist to grow tourism in the region.

Townsville Enterprise recently launched a new series of TV advertising showcasing the city to be a vibrant and exciting place to visit. Images of the city, Magnetic Island and our evolving restaurant and bar scene are all featured in the ads, targeted at young travellers.

As the summer months pass, Townsville offers a great destination for events and functions.

We are currently working on our “Next Gen” Wine Dinner. The night will showcase one of Australia’s next generation wine producers along with their exciting wines, great food and cool tunes.

The dinner is aiming to cater for the city’s young emerging foodies and wine lovers looking for a fun night out with their friends and colleagues.

The date and location will be released very soon, so register for our newsletter at to ensure you receive an update.

A Taste of Fusion: Friday May 18.
Townsville Fashion Festival is working in conjunction with A Touch of Salt and JAM on this event, which will be an exotic night out to enjoy canapés and only the best of Australian bubbles.

This event will give you a taste of the fashion festival with sophistication and exclusivity.

The Townsville Fashion Festival (presented by Escape Travel) will enlighten the CBD by again launching one of the most exclusive and prestigious events on Townsville’s calendar.

With brilliant cuisine from two of Townsville’s best restaurants, together with collaboration from our sister city chefs, our very own Fusion Cocktail, some of the very best bubbles in Australia and a night full of glam and fashion, this is one event you do not want to miss!

To find out more, be sure to head to

Speaking of events, JAM and Dreamscene Events have donated a dinner for 20 guests raising $7,000 for the Townsville Hospital Foundation.

This exclusive dinner will be held on one of the most spectacular locations in Townsville, with a menu showcasing some of our best regional produce throughout the evening.

As the sun sets over the city, guests will enjoy Bollinger champagne and canapés, followed by a sumptuous three course dinner.

Bridgewater update
We have enjoyed hosting various functions over at the JAM ‘pop-up,’ and now it’s time to begin construction to create our new Bridgewater Restaurant & Bridge Bar.

As you leave the CBD over the George Roberts Bridge, Bridgewater’s new home is on the left.

For updates on the new waterfront establishment head to our website at

Happy new year, let’s hope 2018 will be a great year for everyone.

“If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food”.   – Sally Edwards


JAM is an award-winning restaurant. Our passion is in showcasing modern inspired menus while providing a high level of personal and professional service. Food is at the heart of what we do. Restaurant, private dining room, function room. 
Winner: AGFG 2017 – 1 Chef Hat 
Winner: Gourmet Traveller Wine List Award 2017 – 1 Glass.

Jam  |  1 Palmer St, South Townsville  |  07 4721 4900  |