Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.


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Banking to Baskin-Robbins with Ben Flintoff

Long before his current role as General Manager of Baskin-Robbins, Ben Flintoff worked in small business lending with a major Australian bank and further developed his finance career with a private bank in London, establishing a strong analytical foundation that led him to a holiday resort company in Canada, winery in Queensland and cafe and catering business in Brisbane. 

Ben’s passion for food and guest satisfaction ring through as he leads his team to create unforgettable memories through ice cream.


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Irrigation and SWAN Systems with Tim Hyde

Tim Hyde is the CEO and Co-Founder of SWAN Systems, a Perth based AgTech company that enables irrigators to optimise their water and nutrient applications to improve yields, reduce costs and conserve resources. 

With extensive experience across major horticultural and agricultural groups, as a grower and consultant, Tim has gained a deep knowledge of the issues that irrigators face on a daily basis and now, through SWAN Systems, heads a team of irrigation experts throughout Australia, to fulfill their vision of becoming ‘the global industry leader in irrigation and nutrient management software’.


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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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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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