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Unilever Food Solutions with Yezdi Daruwalla

Unilever Food Solutions is one of the world’s leading food service manufacturers and suppliers, operating in more than 75 countries with market leading brands including Hellmann’s, Continental, Streets, Lipton, T2 and Ben & Jerry’s.

Managing Director, Yezdi Daruwalla oversees the Australian and New Zealand operations of the company and has been with the business for 29 years. He’s a trained chef and has worked with hospitality groups in India, Switzerland, Australia and Ireland.


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The Coffee Club with John Lazarou

John Lazarou went from being a hairdresser 1989, to joining two forwarding-thinking business minds the following year, in operating a small cafe in Brisbane.

That same venue over the next 30 years, evolved into one of the most notable franchises in the coffee industry – now, with 400 venues across 9 countries.

John joins the program as a Director of that brand – The Coffee Club – and its holding company, Minor DKL Food Group.


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AgTech and Soil Science with Dr Darren Hughes

Dr Darren Hughes met with 120 different investors during the first investment round of his AgTech company, Laconik. Since then, the total raise has pushed through AUD$1 million and has the support of venture capitalists and government.

Prior to Laconik, Darren held technical and management roles over a 20 year career as an agronomist.

He shares a tough story about his first industry job in the US, comes from a 4th generation family farm and aims to ‘explore ways to feed the world through science’.


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Happy Eggs with John O’Hara

There aren’t many Australians unfamiliar with the smiley-faced eggs that Sunny Queen are known for.

Managing Director, John O’Hara joined the team over 17 years ago and has seen it grow from a one-channel, one product business, to the multi-faceted company he leads, turning over $350 million and employing 140 people.

With a $40 million food service factory and $800k omelette-only robotics line, Sunny Queen were also recognised by Canstar Blue as the No.1 Australian egg brand for consumer satisfaction.


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Exiting Impos and Developing Doshii with Sean O’Meara

Twenty minutes before recording, Sean O’Meara’s first company, Impos, was acquired by Jonas Software –  but his attention remained resolute.

In true tech founder form, Sean started his journey in a garage but his recent company, Doshii, as been backed by Reinventure (Westpac) and Coca-Cola Amatil and aims to change how Point of Sale (POS) systems connect venues to the apps around them.

Sean is a big believer in conceptual design, testing and failing to learn as quickly as possible to solve problems.


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Barista Hustle with Matt Perger

Barista, Roaster, Green Coffee Buyer and Researcher, Matt Perger is a true purveyor of coffee. He’s won multiple competitions, including the World Brewers Cup in 2012, World Coffee in Good Spirits Competition in 2014 and placed twice in the World Barista Championship – third in 2011 and second in 2013.

Matt is often recognised in the coffee industry for his publication, Barista Hustle. He’s a partner at Sensory Lab Coffee Roasters and also works with St Ali in Melbourne, Australia. 

In Matt’s words, he loves ‘details, science and taste’.


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Fighting Food Waste with Katy Barfield

Katy Barfield has dedicated the past 12 years to fighting food waste. As the founding CEO of SecondBite, she led the organisation to redistribute over two million kilograms per year, until leaving in 2012.

Now, through her award-winning social enterprise and Australia’s first online food surplus marketplace – Yume – Katy works with market leaders like Kellogg’s, Sodexo, Unilever and Mondelez to redistribute surplus food.


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The Only National Restaurant Critic with John Lethlean

  • “John Lethlean is Australia’s only national restaurant critic. A journalist by trade, John has written full-time about restaurants, food and the people involved with this exciting landscape since 1996, at publications including The Age, Delicious and Gourmet Traveller.” – The Australian
  • On a bad day, John may be received with some unfortunate names – and we discuss that – but he says what he believes, as an objective voice in the media. Now the courage to do that in an environment riddled with paid ads and cunning advertorials demonstrates his character – above his experience as a journalist.
  • I hope you enjoy the conversation we have traversing hospitality, media, technology and more.

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Artistic Expression Through Food with Joe Grbac

Working with industry greats like Gordon Ramsay, Philip Howard, George Calombaris and Scott Pickett, Joe Grbac has seen kitchens across Melbourne and London, heading some and stepping back to learn in others. In late-2017, he embarked on a solo adventure with Saxe – where the interview takes place today.

From watching his Mum roll gnocchi on Sundays to ultimately developing a unique flavour and style of cooking, Joe has seen the culinary world from many perspectives and it’s a pleasure to share our creative discussion together.


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Insects, Waste and Food Systems with James Sackl

After the acquisition of his online business directory, James Sackl founded Karma3, a bio-tech company transforming agriculture by facilitating the nutrient-rich recycling of waste, using insects.

On the 16th of October 2019, I interviewed James and on the 18th of November, a Sydney Morning Herald article came out that may compromise his integrity.

Instead of allowing this to overshadow our conversation, please choose to focus on the incredible work of the company and business insights.


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