Digital Farmers' Market with Alex Stefan

Alex Stefan has been backed by Celebrity Chef, Matt Moran, for his new social marketplace for small food producers, Oomami.

Aiming to bring the farmers’ market experience online and connect consumers directly with producers, Alex is applying a life-long career in hospitality, with over half a decade as an educator of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University.


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Whisky Numbers with Ian Page

Doctor Ian Page is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, acquiring his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2015.

After completing his studies, he founded a microeconomics research lab with the University of Maryland’s First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) team and is currently an Associate Director of the program.

Ian is also popularly known for his work in the Journal of Wine Economics on age statements of whisky.


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Opening The Cabinet with Pete Stevens

Sixteen years with some of the largest alcohol distributors in the world (like Coca-Cola, Diageo and Pernod Ricard), ‘Whisky Pete’ is an interesting and polarising man.

Pete Stevens is a Whisky Consultant, Event Manager and the only Cuban-qualified Master Cigar Roller outside of Cuba.

With a head full of grey hair, he lied on his first CV and describes his business, Gentleman’s Cabinet, as ‘education meets inebriation’.


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Steeping Leaves with Kym Cooper

Qualified Tea Master and Founder of tea retail and wholesale company, The Steepery, Kym Cooper joins us today for an interview on her journey to acquire and share knowledge of tea. 

She’s also been attributed to educating 2018 World Tea Brewers Championship Winner, Danny Andrade – a name you may recognise from Episode 55, alongside Will Sharpe at Di Bella. 

Kym has travelled extensively around the world – to tea houses, stores and estates – to understand global tea culture and since recording, has also released a nitrogen-infused sparkling tea line called East Forged.


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The Tea Account with Jason Popelier

Jason Popelier is the CEO of FWO Chartered Accountants and CFO of Tavalon Tea Australia and New Zealand. He holds an MBA from The University of Queensland and presented a seminar on tea at the world’s largest coffee roasters competition and conference, The Golden Bean, in 2018.

As a Chartered Accountant, Jason works across a range of industries with High Net Worth individuals and consequently wears many hats – despite this, he’s still always found the time for me and been kind enough to share lessons over our many encounters. 


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Dining Them with Craig Fox

Craig Fox is the Director and Founder of Wine & Dine’m, a full-service catering company that produces over 1250 events a year.

I connected with Craig through one of his staff reaching out on LinkedIn and then again from old colleague and now listener.

I’m really glad we found the opportunity to meet up because Craig has turned out to be one of the most insightful people that I’ve crossed paths with. 


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Backing Beef with James Madden

This is NOT an episode for vegans. We tread some polarising ground with animal welfare and veganism with James Madden, who explains why his company’s vision to ‘cultivate a better food world’ sees meat on the table.

Over a number of years, James has worked alongside his father, to shape what was originally a boutique lamb brand, into the portfolio his food service and meat distribution company, Flinders and Co. represents today.  


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Global Table with Stevan Premutico

Scribbling on a napkin made Stevan Premutico a multi-millionaire.

While contemplating digital changes sweeping the hotel industry during the GFC, Stevan drafted in red in a cafe in London. That was the day that Dimmi was born.

After revolutionising the Australian restaurant industry, the popular reservation platform was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2015.

Now, as one of Australia’s leading tech entrepreneurs, Stevan is back to launch me&u – a customer ‘tap, order and pay’ application.

More on that in the episode. 

– Recorded live at Global Table in Melbourne


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Not The Bat And Ball with Skye Blackburn

This ‘cricket’ doesn’t involve a bat and ball. It’s the insect that’s creeping in from Eastern cuisines. 

Skye Blackburn farms them, just outside of Sydney (with her business, Edible Bug Shop – the largest edible insect farm in Australia) and is currently expanding to a much larger site, due to their demand. 

She has a strong position on edible bugs and the future of insect farming – as an alternative protein and culinary ingredient.


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Cheers To The Queen with Jared Brown

The Queen does something everyday. Sometimes twice a day.

Jared Brown is the Master Distiller of Sipsmith (a London Dry style gin), author of over 30 books and drink historian. He shares wisdom from a career with incredible experiences and explains exactly what the Queen does every day.


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