111 episodes

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.

The Open Pantry Podcast Shaun de Vries

    • Food
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

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.

    Episode 111 - Phillip from Bread and Butter Project

    Episode 111 - Phillip from Bread and Butter Project

    Episode 111 - Phillip from Bread and Butter Project The Bread & Butter Project is Australia’s first social enterprise bakery, founded in 2013 by renowned bakers/pastry chefs, Paul Allam and David McGuinness, and provides training and employment pathways for refugees and people seeking asylum, in order to boost their prospects of successful resettlement, employment and a strong sense of belonging. The Bread & Butter Project’s program sees trainees receive hands-on baker training in the company’s Marrickville bakery and a TAFE Certificate II in Food Processing, as well as intensive tutoring in English and numeracy. As such, every slice of The Bread & Butter Project’s delicious bread helps to educate our next generation of bakers. In this podcast, we talk about why the brand focused on bread production to build a social enterprise, what are some of the challenges in building a social enterprise like this, and about their recent partnership with Woolworths. 



    Connect with Bread and Butter Project here: 

    Website 

    As always you can connect with us here: 

    Open Pantry Consulting Website


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    Episode 110 - A very honest conversation with UK hospitality coach Azher Rubbani on how has come through the other side with a positive mindset

    Episode 110 - A very honest conversation with UK hospitality coach Azher Rubbani on how has come through the other side with a positive mindset

    Episode 110 - A very honest conversation with UK hospitality coach Azher Rubbani on how has come through the other side with a positive mindset

    My next guest is Azher Rubbani is a Hospitality Coach with his own company TR corporate which helps restauranteurs & supply chain owners seeking to transform their business & their life by finding & exploiting new & alternative opportunities, he also has his own great podcast called Combat Files in which we have one shared guest, David J Burns.   I know you are going to love this podcast as we discuss how he started out in the family food services business, how the UK has been handling the crisis and the way that he challenges his hospitality clients to have their own breakthrough moments.

    Please connect with the companies that Azher discussed on the podcast below:

    TR Corporate

    Combat Files Podcast

    Chowbunch



    As always please connect with us here:

    Open Pantry Consulting




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    • 53 min
    Episode 109 - One of the most talented journalists in Australia Sofia Levin, gives us her thoughts on the current state of the industry

    Episode 109 - One of the most talented journalists in Australia Sofia Levin, gives us her thoughts on the current state of the industry

    Episode 109 - One of the most talented journalists in Australia Sofia Levin, gives us her thoughts on the current state of the industry

    I’m really excited to have a chat with our next guest Sofia Levin who is a Culinary Travel Journalist and has contributed to such media brands as SBS food, good food guide, and lonely planet, as well as having, has her own website Seasoned Traveller in which she invites us to #eat curiously.

    In this podcast we talk about how Sofia starter as a writer, how she communicates successfully over so many different mediums, how she feels the industry is coping at this time, and if she feels there will be any fundamental shifts in the hospitality industry moving forward.

    Please connect with Sofia here:

    Website

    Instagram



    As always you can connect with us here:

    Open Pantry Consulting website


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    • 44 min
    Episode 108 - How to build a design-focused food brand with soul and purpose with Sandra Foti from Piccolina Gelateria

    Episode 108 - How to build a design-focused food brand with soul and purpose with Sandra Foti from Piccolina Gelateria

    Episode 108 - How to build a design-focused food brand with soul and purpose with Sandra Foti from Piccolina Gelateria 

    Piccolina is a Gelato House residing in the Melbourne suburbs of Collingwood, Hawthorn St Kilda and is just over 5 years old. The Founder and today's guest Sandra Foti practised many of the gelato recipes when she started making it with her dad about 15 years ago. The result is gelato that is entirely natural, made from fresh cream, milk, sugar and a selection of raw ingredients.  Everything at Piccolina is made from scratch using fresh, high-quality ingredients right down to their nut-butters, caramels, sauce and jams.....their gelato is even gluten and gelatin-free.

    Even of recent times they have done collaborations with Scott Pickett’s Longrain venues and are also growing their footprint in Melbourne in the coming months, so I hope you very much enjoy this podcast with today's guest Sandra Foti. 

    Find out more about Piccolina here:

    Piccolina Website

    Piccolina on Instagram



    As always you can reach out to us here:

    Open Pantry Consulting Website


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    Episode 107 - Pete Dillion - One of the best hospitality photographers in Australia

    Episode 107 - Pete Dillion - One of the best hospitality photographers in Australia

    Episode 107 - Pete Dillion - One of the best hospitality photographers in Australia 

    Pete Dillion a Victorian-based photographer who specialises in food, editorial and commercial photography. His clients have included the Mulberry Group, Treasury Wines, Sofitel Hotels, and Moet & Chandon, and is arguably one of the best food photographers in the country. This time in Melbourne has been a very difficult time for the whole hospitality industry, but especially those who sit behind the scenes of our industry, like photographers and other suppliers, but are so integral in making it the best industry to work in.



    Please check out Pete's great work here:

    Website:  www.petedillon.com.au


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    Episode 106 - How to build a multi-venue food brand and still deliver on great customer service with Jim Hally from Chicken Central

    Episode 106 - How to build a multi-venue food brand and still deliver on great customer service with Jim Hally from Chicken Central

    Episode 106 - How to build a multi-venue food brand and still deliver on great customer service with Jim Hally from Chicken Central 

    Jim Hally is an outstanding leader in our industry.  He is highly dedicated, and he and his team deliver on a consistent product and customer experience every time.  

    In this podcast we talk about how he started the brand and scaled it to three stores, what his daily routine is to run his businesses to peak performance, and how we has learned to let go of some elements of his business so it can grow even stronger.



    You can find out more about Chicken Central here:

    Chicken Central Website

    Chicken Central Instagram



    Please reach out to me here for help with your hospitality business:

    Open Pantry Consulting Website

    Hospitality Gamechangers on Facebook


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jaf A ,

Very insightful

Excellent podcast with industry leading guests. Must listen if you’re in the hospitality/retail/tech space. Love your work Shaun!

Alan Borges A2B ,

Hospitality Champion

Really enjoying Shaun's heartfelt conversartions as he's able to draw out sincer insights that any hospitality worker/venue owner can acutally use in their business to grow and not just maintain.

Episode 82 with Dehne Binghamwhere they cover has been a recent fav as discuss our current pandemic and how a leader of a brand is mananing through these uncertain times. Very intriguing and informative - a must listen!

Highly recommended podcast!

jordan_ek ,

Highly insightful

Shaun does a great job enlightening the listeners on the hospitality industry and on the challengers involved as well as creating opportunities in the worlds greatest industry.

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