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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Artistic Expression Through Food with Joe Grbac

Working with industry greats like Gordon Ramsay, Philip Howard, George Calombaris and Scott Pickett, Joe Grbac has seen kitchens across Melbourne and London, heading some and stepping back to learn in others. In late-2017, he embarked on a solo adventure with Saxe – where the interview takes place today.

From watching his Mum roll gnocchi on Sundays to ultimately developing a unique flavour and style of cooking, Joe has seen the culinary world from many perspectives and it’s a pleasure to share our creative discussion together.


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Insects, Waste and Food Systems with James Sackl

After the acquisition of his online business directory, James Sackl founded Karma3, a bio-tech company transforming agriculture by facilitating the nutrient-rich recycling of waste, using insects.

On the 16th of October 2019, I interviewed James and on the 18th of November, a Sydney Morning Herald article came out that may compromise his integrity.

Instead of allowing this to overshadow our conversation, please choose to focus on the incredible work of the company and business insights.


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Meat Meeting with Alex Shirazi

Alex Shirazi is a co-founder of the Cultured Meat Symposium – a Silicon Valley-based conference on lab-grown or cultured meat – he’s the Founder of Phlint, a retail analytics firm and he’s also a really nice guy.  

We first met online, in the lead-up to Global Table – where he chaired a panel on the Future of Meat. Coincidentally, one of those panelists is also coming up on an episode ahead… 

After the conversation you’re about to hear at the WeWork office in Melbourne’s CBD, Alex and I continued our discussion into the early hours of the morning – prompted by the n’th round at the The Black Pearl, to wrap up. 

If you like this episode, Alex has his own podcast called Cultured Meat and Future Food, about cellular agriculture technology.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.


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Born In Britain, Marked By Melbourne with Ian Curley

Ian Curley has had regular TV appearances, hosting his own show on Channel 7’s Conviction Kitchen and recurring guest spots on popular programs like MasterChef Australia and Yes Chef.

He’s a British-born, Australian-based chef, with a career that’s spanned kitchens from Australia to the United Kingdom.

Over those 40 years (and counting), more than half have been spent leading iconic venues in Melbourne and more recently, consulting as the creative culinary partner to the RASV Showgrounds of Victoria and Ovolo Hotels in Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne.

Ian’s signature style of European cuisine, that champions simplicity, as the highest form of complexity, was built from a foundation of rigorous training in his early career in London.

He’s currently the co-owner and chef at French Saloon and Kirk’s Wine Bar, Director of restaurant consultancy group, Exec Chef and has had a successful partnership with The Melbourne Racing Club since 2013. 


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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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