The Open Pantry Podcast

The Open Pantry Podcast

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The Open Pantry Podcast is a hospitality podcast where I interview people within the hospitality industry about their lives both in and outside the industry. Our podcast aims to show that the thing that links all people in hospitality is a want to be creative, support each other and always do better. We hope you enjoy the episodes.


28 - How to make your restaurant the ‘Comeback Story’ with Sylvie Gabriele from Love and Salt LA
May 28 • 36 min
Episode 28 - How to make your restaurant the ‘comeback story’ In this episode I talk with the amazing restaurant owner Sylvie Gabriele of Love and Salt LA. Since the opening in late 2014, Love & Salt has garnered critical attention for the reinvention, as…
27 - How to build the best restaurant staff culture and pay them correctly to enhance productivity
May 20 • 47 min
Episode 27 - How to build the best restaurant staff culture and pay them correctly to enhance productivity How do you recruit and train the right people into your business? And when you hire them into your brand how do you make sure they are paid…
26 - How to develop of restaurant culture of humility and care
Apr 1 • 45 min
Episode 26 - How to develop of restaurant culture of humility and care Episode 26 - In this episode we start the first of many conversations with great international brands carving a path in the world of hospitality. Today I talk to Dina Samson and Hans…
25 - How build a great financial base for your food venue
Mar 16 • 38 min
Episode 25 finds me talking to Matt Hale and Braden Johnston from Rising Tide Financial. They are based in Melbourne and have great experience in financial lending and planning. They have been in the business for over 10 years and really know the…
24 - How to develop leadership within your restaurant teams
Mar 5 • 20 min
Episode 24 - How to develop leadership within your restaurant teams with Alan Borges It was great to catch up with Alan for the second time on the podcast to talk about all things restaurant leadership. Alan has a very successful restaurant coaching…
23 - How to grow an established food brand
Feb 26 • 25 min
Episode 23 - How to grow an established food brand with Daniel Grundmann from Hooked Fish and Chipper. In this episode we talk with my great friend Daniel Grundmann who is a co-owner of Hooked Fish and Chipper which has three locations in Melbourne. I ask…
22 - How to understand your lease and not over capitalise
Feb 19 • 32 min
Episode 22- How to understand your lease and not over capitalise with Frank Wilden. It was great to catch up with my good friend Frank Wilden and discuss leasing in the hospitality industry. On this podcast we discuss: -Why the people get into bad leasing…
21 - How to make social media work for your food venue
Feb 11 • 28 min
Episode 21 - How to make social media work for your food venue with Paul Zervos from Project Eats It was great to have Paul on this episode because he really understands both the marketing and hospitality industry. He grew up with his mother owning a cafe…
20 - How to build a food app that also helps the environment
Feb 5 • 35 min
Episode 20 - Jane Kou from ‘Bring Me Home’ App Jane Kou is a young entrepreneur who wanted to do something to change the amount of food that is thrown out of food venues across the country. 1 in 5 meals gets binned just because it’s unsold. Bring Me…
19 - Shaun’s story of building his career in hospitality. Hosted by Jason Titus
Jan 29 • 64 min
Episode 19 - How Shaun built his career in hospitality. I definitely flipped the script on this one and got someone I truly respect and trust, Jason Titus, to interview me on my career in the hospitality industry. The wins and losses and how my…
18 - How to build an amazing looking venue whilst controlling your costs
Jan 22 • 54 min
Episode 18: How to build an amazing looking venue whilst controlling your costs. Dan Cox and Christian Bright from DCB Developments. This is an exciting podcast as Dan and Christian give a great description of their shopfitting business operates to such a…
17 - Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry
Dec 12, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 17- Sustainability is growing in momentum in the hospitality industry. Sustainability is critical to the success of talented people and to the supply chain which delivers the amazing product. In the latest episode of the Open Pantry Podcast…
16 - 100 Burgers Groups Founder on how to build a viral hospitality brand
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
Episode 16 - 100 Burgers Group Daragh Kan, founder of 100 burgers group, and Jackie Doran, their pubs & bars marketing manager took us to the roots of the 100 burgers empire. The 100 Burgers journey started with a venue that couldn’t prepare food, to a…
15 - How will the emerging tech shape the future of the customer experience
Oct 11, 2018 • 73 min
Continuing in our second season of the Open Pantry Podcast, I have partnered with Kounta to bring the industry’s top authority’s together to chat and give honest opinions on hot topics set to move the industry forward. In this episode, episode 15, we talk…
14 - The future of tipping in the hospitality industry
Oct 9, 2018 • 79 min
In our second season, we’ve partnered with Kounta to bring the industry’s top authority’s together to chat, shred, and jam on hot topics set to move the industry forward. In this episode, we set our sites on the future of tipping. Are the conditions ripe…
13 - Frank Wilden on 5-star food and wine strategy
Oct 7, 2018 • 41 min
Episode 13 - This is another great episode, this time with the hospitality gentleman and legend Frank Wilden. Frank is a ‘serial restauranteur’. He has owned highly acclaimed restaurants in both Melbourne and Sydney and also works with some great food and…
12 - Bianka Velevska from brand.ing
Oct 6, 2018 • 39 min
Episode 12 - This is another great episode with the branding and marketing champion that is Bianka Velevska. She has worked in the hospitality industry all of her career, and for the last few years has branched out as a freelance marketing director. We…
11 - Jemma from Notorios E.A.T. Food Truck
Oct 4, 2018 • 39 min
Episode 11 - This is another great episode this time with the champion of the Gold Coast food truck scene, Jemma from Notorious E.A.T. The trailer has now turned into a new truck in the last 18 months and it was great to hear about how Jemma has come from…
10 - James Marchetti and how supply is changing
Oct 2, 2018 • 33 min
Episode 10 - James Marchetti Today’s conversation is with James Marchetti who is a director of Australia’s consolidated supply chain/ordering app Onezoo.com.au. We talk about the benefits in consolidating the ordering process, some of the benefits in…
9 - Tony Marciante on how he built a NJ restaurant
Oct 1, 2018 • 47 min
Episode 9 - Tony Marciante (Chef Tony) This is a great episode where I have the pleasure of interviewing ‘Chef Tony’ , Tony Marciante who has a seafood restaurant in Maryland, USA. We talk about his career in the industry which has spanned nearly 30…
8 - Will Deagan and how design is evolving in hospo
Sep 1, 2018 • 28 min
Episode 8 - Will Deagan What a great episode this is talking to Will Deagan from the brand Kounta. Will and I have known each other for a few years and I’ve always been amazed with his deep insights for someone still young in the hospitality field. We…
7 - Liam Crawley and how he built 5-star experiences
Jul 1, 2018 • 20 min
Episode 7 - Liam Crawley It was great to catch up with this superstar in the catering and restaurant game Liam Crawley. Liam is from Sydney and runs the very successful DWL Hospitality. We talking about the state of the play with catering to smaller and…
6 - Erin Louise House and her growth in the US
Jun 1, 2018 • 31 min
Episode 6 - Erin Louise House What a great talk I have today with Erin-Louise House. She is an Aussie who has made waves in Dubai, Singapore and now NYC. We talk about her involvement in a new brand called Market Lane NYC as they are just about to open.…
5 - Ze’ev Meltzer & how he built a craft beer brand
May 1, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 5 - Ze’ev Meltzer This podcast was absolute fire with lots of laughter and fun! Ze’ev is a beer owner in his mid 20’s who in the last 1.5 years has carved a named for himself in the Melbourne beer scene with his brand Collins Street Brewing. His…
4 - Andrew Lorenzo and his work between the US & OZ
Apr 1, 2018 • 40 min
Episode 4 - Andrew Lorenzo It was so great to catch up with a great friend Andrew Lorenzo. He has had a great experience in hospitality in the last 15 years. We talked about his time spent in America with brands like Macaroni Grill, TGIF, and Panera Bread…
3 - Greg Huggett & his evolution to an Exec. Chef
Feb 28, 2018 • 50 min
Episode 3 - Greg Huggett It was a pleasure to go back to where it all began for me with Episode 3. Greg Huggett gave me my first job as a baker’s assistant back in 1997. Greg has had an amazing career spanning over 40 years in hospitality. Half of that…
2 - Kim Toovey CEO of Suki Restaurants
Jan 31, 2018 • 46 min
Episode 2 - Kim Toovey It was so fulfilling and exciting to have a great chat with one of my best friends Kim Toovey. Kim has had over 20 years experience in hospitality and to hear his journey in his early years at McDonalds, starting his own business…
1 - Alan Borges and how his coaching helps hospo
Jan 31, 2018 • 35 min
Episode 1 - Alan Borges This is a great first episode with my good friend Alan Borges. He has a great history in developing people in Hungry Jacks, Grill’d and Zambreo’s. He now has his own coaching business on the side and is helping people transform…