The Australian Superfood Co with Hayley Blieden

Hayley Blieden is the Founder, Chief Dietitian and Managing Director of The Australian Superfood Co (TASC) – a major supplier of native ingredients to food and beverage manufacturers and service companies in Australia and overseas.

Prior to founding TASC, Hayley worked as a nutrition journalist and nutritionist at the North Melbourne Football Club. She has a BSc in Dietetics and Nutrition (Monash), an MBA (Deakin) and last year, completed the Mars Seed of Change Accelerator program.


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Proof and Company with Paul Gabie

Paul Gabie is the Co-founder and CEO of Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirit companies.

With over nine offices across China, Singapore and Australia, Paul has established one of the most highly regarded creative teams in the bar world.

Guiding the development of countless bars across Asia, five have ranked in the World’s 100 Best Bars in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In addition to engineering and law degrees, Paul holds also an MBA from IMD, in Lausanne Switzerland.


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Profitable Hospitality and SilverChef with Ken Burgin

Helping food service operators to become more popular and profitable, Ken Burgin comes from a background as a cafe and restaurant owner in Sydney before starting the online management platform Profitable Hospitality. This led him to work for hospitality finance company, SilverChef, where he now focuses on educational content and events. 

With many years of experience, Ken has seen all kinds of changes sweep the industry – from fickle fads to future foundations.


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Squad Ink with Terry and Matthew Squadrito

Identical twin brothers, Matthew and Terry Squadrito are the co-founders of Squad Ink, a design and branding studio based in Sydney, Australia. 

Founded in 2008, Squad Ink have helped shape some of the most successful forward-thinking food and beverage, destination and wellness brands in Australia including: Archie Rose, Felons, Sofi Spritz and The Grounds of Alexandria – just to name a few. 

As one voice (almost literally, you’ll hear today), Matthew and Terry share a combined storytelling passion that stems from a childhood learning of their rich Italian heritage, its food and culture.


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Women’s Shoes and Mushrooms with Michael Fox

Michael Fox, co-founder of the plant-based meat company, Fable Food Co, joins the program today. The interview was recorded in the depths of The Coronavirus during April, just twelve months after the collapse of Michael’s previous venture, a fashion startup called Shoes of Prey – Michael tells us more about this during the interview.

Since launching on the menu at Dinner by Heston, things have continued to look positive with Blackbird Ventures and Grok Ventures both having backed the business.

They’ve got deals with Woolworths, Marley Spoon and more, so if you haven’t heard of Fable yet, you will soon.


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Broadsheet, Food Culture and Publishing with Nick Shelton

Nick Shelton has built one of the hospitality industry’s most powerful consumer publications.

By focusing on quality, Broadsheet has become a name that foodies turn to – a city guide covering fashion, food, art and entertainment.

In the changing face of publishing, Nick has managed to stay agile and adapt over the business’ ten year history, to find an audience of almost 3 million people a month and partner with Mini and Disney.


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Wine Delivery, Tech and Good Pair Days with Banjo Harris Plane

Two-time Australian Sommelier of the Year, and Founder of national industry conference, GROW Assembly, Banjo Harris Plane joins the program as the Founder of Good Pair Days – a wine delivery business, with a subscription box that tailors to customer tastes.

Vogue called it ‘the Netflix of wine’.

Prior to Good Pair Days, Banjo founded a European fine-wine importing business and for five years, was the General Manager of the internationally renowned restaurant, Attica.


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Setting An Example with Rebecca Gibbs and Andy El-Bayeh

Rebecca Gibbs and Andy El-Bayeh are co-founders of Example – one of the most reputable Australian PR companies across the food, drink, entertainment and lifestyle industries.

In their words, Example helps brands to ‘start – and own – the conversation.’

We look at the logic behind some of the design features of Example House, their collaborative workspace, how they foster that community, establish team dynamics, manage brands and more.

There’s even a story about Prince…


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Roasted By Bureaux with Tim Williams

Tim Williams is the Founder of Bureaux Collective — Australia’s first shared coffee roasting workspace.

Over a 20-year career, Tim has developed and led renowned specialty coffee brands like Square Mile Coffee Roasters (London) and Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea (Los Angeles) across three continents, focusing on building quality-driven coffee sourcing, roasting, and retailing operations.

Today, Tim lives in Melbourne and divides his time between running Bureaux Collective, the World AeroPress Championship and directing a charity in Rwanda.


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Distill Ventures and Liquid Investments with Frank Lampen

Seedlip and Starward Whiskey are two of the companies Frank Lampen has scaled through his business, Distill Ventures. The six year old beverage accelerator has invested in another eight brands, globally – at various stages of development.

Prior to working with startups, Frank held operational roles across the hospitality, music and media industries and consequently draws on incredible and wide bodies of knowledge.

Soon after starting the interview, James’ microphone cut out, so we’ve used our backup to share this insightful conversation. Enjoy.


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