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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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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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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