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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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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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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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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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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