Australia’s Fastest Growing QSR, Fishbowl with Nic Pestalozzi

Today, Nic Pestalozzi, Co-Founder of Sydney salad group, Fishbowl shares the story of his growing brand and two more, with Side Room and Fish Shop. 

Five years since starting the business, Nic and Nathan have self-funded over 30 venues for Fishbowl alone and been awarded as Australia’s fastest growing QSR.  

With over 300 staff, Nic has no plans of slowing down with a national expansion already underway.


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Project Development and The People with Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte

Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte, Co-founders of ‘thepeople_’ join the program today. 

With over 18 years in hotel development, design, investment and operations, Andrew is responsible for leading the company and overseeing capital raises. He’s a trained lawyer, the Founder & Managing Director of Cre8tive Property – a boutique hotel advisory and development business – and the previous head of development for Starwood and Mirvac – both of which were acquired by Marriott and Accor, respectively. 

Paul, who carries over two decades of experience as the owner and operator of dozens of hospitality venues, was previously a director of hospitality group, Keystone and has created market-leading human-centric concepts across Australia and the US. 

Together, by reanimating and revitalising legacy properties, they’re activating spaces in new ways, while respecting regional heritage and working with the fundamental belief that dining should be fun.  


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Deputy and Global Workforce Management with Ashik Ahmed

Ashik Ahmed’s career is devoted to building technologies that create better, more efficient organisations. In 2008, along with co-founder Steve Shelley, he started Deputy, a global workforce management platform for employee scheduling, timesheets and communication.

Today, Deputy services more than 250,000 workplaces across 120 countries and Ashik’s mission is to improve the lives of shift workers and small business owners worldwide.


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Urban List with Susannah George

Susannah George is the award winning CEO & Founder of Urban List – Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent lifestyle publisher. 

Identifying a gap in the Australian market for an independently curated city guide, Susannah built the brand from her bedroom in 2011 and has since established a platform with over three million visitors every month.

10 years later, her dedication to digital publishing has led her to be recognised with several accolades and collaborate with brands like Mercedes Benz, Bank Australia, Intrepid and Rolling Stone.


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Delivery Through Downturn with Shane Delia and Jason Wyatt

Today’s guests are partnered on the food delivery marketplace, Providoor. Shane Delia – director of Delia Group Restaurants – and Jason Wyatt, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Marketplacer – a global technology company.

Shane – author, TV host and Brand Ambassador (Mercedes-Benz and HostPlus) – joined Jason – Chartered Accountant (KPMG, Morgan Stanley and General Motors) and Founder of BikeExchange – to establish a premium food service in the height of covid.


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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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