Presented by Mr Yum, Table Talk is a space for those passionate about hospitality to hear stories, advice and lessons from experts who share their love of the industry. Over good food and drink, attendees will build deep connections, discover a wealth of inspiration and learn and grow together.
Catch up on past panel discussions below.
ADELAIDE, SEPTEMBER 2022
Appetite for Growth: Building a better business
Expert panellists joined us on September 21 to discuss the night's topic, Appetite for Growth: Building a better business. Watch the honest and insightful discussion moderated by former food journalist, Mr Yum’s Dan Stock.
Head Chef and Owner of Arkhé. Find out more about his journey on the night as he shares insights on going it alone.
Co-founder of social change beverage company Sparkke. Kari will share her experience of building a business that puts purpose, passion and people alongside profit.
Diretor of The Big Easy Group and a board member of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency. He knows what it means to scale a venue for success and will share his expertise.
SYDNEY, OCTOBER 2022
Hungry for Connection: Building brands that bond.
Expert panellists joined us on October 10 to discuss the importance of brand within a hospitality context. The trio tackled topics around communication and connection, exceptional experience and how to create customer relationships that resonate.
As Head of Marketing at one of Australia’s most-awarded distilleries, Victoria knows the ingredients for creating memorable moments and will share her insights into building Archie Rose into a much-loved brand.
A highly awarded creative director and now co-founder of independent craft brewery Hawke’s Brewing Co and its flagship HQ the Bob Hawke Beer and Leisure Centre, Nathan understands the power of storytelling and creating a community of brand advocates.
As Practice Director at M&C Saatchi Group's global design business Re, G works with scale-ups to discover and define their story and then bring it to life through design. He’ll talk about communication and connections, strategic storytelling and why cut-through creative counts.
MELBOURNE, OCTOBER 2022
The future of hospitality: serving tomorrow’s success
Held at the reborn Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, expert panellists joined us on October 17 to discuss the future of the hospitality industry and how we can shape the change. Enjoy this insightful discussion moderated by former food journalist, Mr Yum’s Dan Stock.
As CEO of one of Melbourne’s most successful hospitality groups, Bianca is charged with driving the positive, productive and progressive culture throughout Sand Hill Road venues, including The Espy. Bianca will share her experience in creating teams that care while outlining the strategies and skills needed for a thriving industry of tomorrow.
Adrian OsmanCOO and co-founder of Mr Yum, Adrian has spent the past decade immersed in startups and has helped hundreds of early-stage founders sow the seeds for success. Spending his time between Australia, the US and UK, Adrian will share his observations on international industry trends, how operators can dine on data and tap into the power of deeply connecting with customers.
From a single cafe Trevor (along with brother Steven) has built Industry Beans into a multifaceted company that now encompasses a roastery and award-winning cafes across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, thriving wholesale arm and an evolving range of retail products. As CEO and founder, Trevor will speak about building an omni-channel business and the power of design, technology and chemistry in creating cafes of the future
BRISBANE, JANUARY 2023
Constraints and Creativity: thriving in uncertain times.
Expert panellists joined us for a lunch & learn style Table Talk event on the 24th of January at Maggie May in Brisbane to discuss the challenges of today while creating the foundations for tomorrow’s success.
Here's a taste of the issues that were discussed:
- Taming costs in a high-inflation world
- Rethinking the menu to maximise profits
- New ways of working
- Engaging and retaining talent today
- Making the most of marketing
With several cookbooks, TV series including The Best and Surfing The Menu and time at some of London’s best restaurants, as owner of Billykart Kitchen in Brisbane Ben translates his wide-ranging experience into practical strategies for running a successful business today.
Charged with one of Brisbane's most exciting and forward-looking drinks programs at one of its most exciting restaurants, Lilly knows how to serve up customer experiences that surprise and delight and will detail what's in store for the world of wine.
With more than 25 years' experience in leadership and advocacy, today as Queesland Hotels Association CEO Bernie ensures the challenges the hospitality and tourism industries face are addressed in policy outcomes and will share his insights for QLD operators in the years ahead.
GOLD COAST, JANUARY 2023
Constraints and Creativity: thriving in uncertain times.
Following the same discussion topic as the Brisbane lunch & learn event, three expert panellists from the Gold Coast region come together to present a contrasting opinion on the issues facing the industry.
With a background as a creative media strategist before co-founding Cuzzie Pies and now Costa Taco taquerias in Palm Beach and Byron Bay, Nick knows how to harness the power of storytelling in crafting brands that connect.
Gerard CoakleyWith extensive operations expertise spanning some of Queensland’s most-loved venues, Gerard will outline the strategies and skills operators need to navigate day-to-day challenges while remaining focused on the future.
Peta has cemented Burleigh Brewing as one of Australia’s most exciting independent breweries. She’ll share her experience building a brand, the importance of innovation and why doing things the right way for the right reasons is good for business.
AUCKLAND, FEBRUARY 2022
Growing aims: how to build better hospitality businesses.
Kicking off the New Zealand Table Talk event series for 2023, Growing aims: how to build better hospitality businesses brings three industry leaders together to discuss how the best businesses are navigating the challenges of today while creating the foundations for tomorrow’s success.
Charged with keeping the all-day waterfront bar and eatery Wynyard Pavilion bustling, Damian knows how to create memorable customer experiences while harnessing technology and new ways of working. He'll outline the strategies and skills operators need to navigate day-to-day challenges.
As founding New Zealand editor of independent online magazine Broadsheet, Rosie covers the best of food and drink, fashion, art and travel around the country. She'll draw on her extensive journalism experience to share insights into what makes newsworthy news.
As co-founder of award-winning craft distillery, brewery and Waiheke island drawcard The Heke and with an extensive career spanning digital marketing tech and entrepreneurship, Ro knows what it takes to start and grow successful businesses.
WELLINGTON, FEBRUARY 2023
Constraints and Creativity: thriving in uncertain times.
As part of the New Zealand Table Talk event series for 2023, three industry leaders gathered to talk about how a region can drive destination gastro-tourism, the power of collaboration and community and the economics of farm to fork work.
The pioneer of the country's most popular food festival, Sarah has told Wellington's food story and celebrated the industry for more than 15 years. She'll share her experience in putting Wellington on the global food stage, the power of industry creating and collaborating together, and why a new-look festival will be served up this year.
Jamie WilliamsAs CEO of one of the fastest-growing hospitality groups in NZ, Jamies knows how to create memorable customer experiences and build teams that care. He'll outline the strategies and skills operators need to navigate day-to-day challenges while remaining focused on the future, including building brands, venue experiences and how to keep customers coming back.
With extensive experience in some of Victoria's best kitchens - most recently as head chef of the multi award-winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and including an appearance on MasterChef Australia - Dave has spent years at the forefront of one of Australia's most acclaimed destination dining experiences. He'll share his insights on creating regional cuisine, power of provenance and the future challenges and opportunities for farm-to-fork fare.
MANCHESTER, FEBRUARY 2023
Appetite for Growth: building better businesses.
Kicking off the UK Table Talk event series for 2023, Appetite for Growth: building better businesses brings brings three of Liverpool’s industry leaders together to discuss how the best are navigating the challenges of today while creating the foundations for tomorrow’s success.
Head of Marketing for The Spirit of Manchester Distillery and Three Little Words, Manchester’s only distillery bar & restaurant, Fiona will share her journey on opening an award-winning bar and lessons learnt.
As Head of Digital at Big Fang Collective, Euan is at the forefront of UK’s experiential hospitality boom. He’ll share his experience in building brands, the importance of innovation and how to harness storytelling and power marketing to keep customers coming back.
With more than 20 years of experience across Manchester hospitality, Tara will share her consumer insights and strategies for making the most of opportunities in the year ahead.
LIVERPOOL, FEBRUARY 2023
Better together: how to create thriving hospitality businesses.
On our second stop of the UK Table Talk series, we gather in Liverpool with three industry leaders to discuss how the best are navigating the challenges of today while creating the foundations for tomorrow’s success.
Having founded CPL and sat on boards such as Institute of Licensing and UKHospitality, Dan is a heavyweight in the industry. Now on a mission to transform New Brighton’s Victoria Road, Daniel will share about the power of hospitality to bring change in the community and how he’s creating a cultural hub.
Louise KempHaving launched some of the UK’s biggest restaurant and bar brands, Louise knows what it takes to make a splash and build brands that customers love. She’ll share why storytelling matters, how to make the most of a marketing budget and why creating content is king.
Since opening Liverpool’s much-loved PINS Social Club in 2020, Daniel has been at the forefront of the “competitive socialising” wave taking the UK by storm. He’ll share his insights into crafting experiences that bring customers back and why creating own-brand events is essential for today’s venues.
LONDON, MARCH 2023
Creating with purpose: learning how to stand out.
We're headed to the Big Smoke for our third stop in the UK Table Talk series. Creating with purpose: learning how to stand out brings brings five of London's industry leaders together to discuss how they've managed to build outstanding brands in London and continue to open and launch new brands.
With over thirty years’ of living and breathing hospitality, Ann has a genuine love and understanding for the industry, bringing valuable insight, like-minded people, and creative solutions together. Ann will be moderating our panel.
Co-founder of the Inception Group, Duncan runs unique bar, restaurant and club concepts across South West and central London. He’ll speak about forming creative and dynamic teams and businesses that thrive in a competitive market.
Founder of Indonesian supper club Spoons, Rahel has built a devoted London fanbase for her pop-up and collaborations. Named one of CodeHospitality’s 30 under 30, she’ll speak about finding your niche and building a brand that connects.
From the first Blackrock chop house in Soho in 2015, to opening his biggest restaurant in Canary Wharf this spring Gordon will speak about creating systems, processes and culture in high-growth businesses.
As Head of Commercial for MJMK restaurants, Amreet knows a thing or two about launching successful restaurants and bars with heart and soul. He’ll speak about partnering with award-winning chefs and MJMK’s ambitious future plans.
PERTH, MAY 2023
Hospitality 2030: Serving up the best on the west, now and into the future.
Table Talk hit the west coast of Australia to talk about the new strategies, technologies and publications that are going to surge the hospitality industry forward. This live only event saw 80+ attendees gain insights from an expert panel that was hosted by Andrew McIntyre, Director of Idle Hands Drinks Co.
As Director of the WA Good Food Guide, the definitive guide to eating and drinking in WA, Georgia knows what's happening in hospitality from Broome to Albany and everywhere in between. She also acts as a huge advocate for our industry professionals through her feature pieces on 6PR and ABC Radio where she explore their extensive knowledge on the issues and topics that face our industry.
A business leader, board member and passionate supporter of the music, arts and hospitality communities across WA, Al has been at the forefront of shaping and creating some of the state’s most exciting venues, ventures and concepts. He’ll share his experience in building brands, creating connections and cultivating culture.
With extensive experience across the industry, Tom has a passion for pubs, people and profit. As the Operations Manager of the Three Pound Group, he effectively unites these passions, keeping the venues focused on the future while creating memorable customer experiences that last.
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