The Open Pantry Podcast

28 EpisodesProduced by Shaun de Vries

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… read more

28 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Episode 28 - How to make your restaurant the 'Comeback Story' with Sylvie Gabriele from Love and Salt LA

May 28th, 2019

36:45

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 …

Episode 27 - How to build the best restaurant staff culture and pay them correctly to enhance productivity

May 20th, 2019

47:55

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 …

Episode 26 - How to develop of restaurant culture of humility and care

April 1st, 2019

45:12

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 …

Episode 25 - How build a great financial base for your food venue

March 17th, 2019

38:38

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 …

Episode 24 - How to develop leadership within your restaurant teams

March 6th, 2019

20:49

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 …

Episode 23 - How to grow an established food brand

February 27th, 2019

25:09

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 …

Episode 22 - How to understand your lease and not over capitalise

February 20th, 2019

32:57

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:

Episode 21 - How to make social media work for your food venue

February 12th, 2019

28:39

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 …

Episode 20 - How to build a food app that also helps the environment

February 5th, 2019

35:10

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 …

Episode 19 - Shaun's story of building his career in hospitality. Hosted by Jason Titus

January 29th, 2019

1:04:25

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 …

Episode 18 - How to build an amazing looking venue whilst controlling your costs

January 22nd, 2019

54:36

Episode 18: How to build an amazing looking venue whilst controlling your costs.


Dan Cox and Christian Bright from DCB Developments.


This is an …

Episode 17 - Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry

December 12th, 2018

47:22

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 …

Episode 16 - 100 Burgers Groups Founder on how to build a viral hospitality brand

November 22nd, 2018

31:36

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 …

Episode 15 - How will the emerging tech shape the future of the customer experience

October 12th, 2018

1:13:14

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.

Episode 14 - The future of tipping in the hospitality industry

October 10th, 2018

1:19:55

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 …

Episode 13 - Frank Wilden on 5-star food and wine strategy

October 8th, 2018

41:45

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 …

Episode 12 - Bianka Velevska from brand.ing

October 6th, 2018

39:32

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 …

Episode 11 - Jemma from Notorios E.A.T. Food Truck

October 4th, 2018

39:52

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 …

Episode 10 - James Marchetti and how supply is changing

October 2nd, 2018

33:02

Episode 10 - James Marchetti
Today's conversation is with James Marchetti who is a director of Australia's consolidated supply chain/ordering app …

Episode 9 - Tony Marciante on how he built a NJ restaurant

October 1st, 2018

47:18

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 …

Episode 8 - Will Deagan and how design is evolving in hospo

September 1st, 2018

28:44

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 …

Episode 7 - Liam Crawley and how he built 5-star experiences

July 1st, 2018

20:27

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 …

Episode 6 - Erin Louise House and her growth in the US

June 1st, 2018

31:27

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 …

Episode 5 - Ze'ev Meltzer & how he built a craft beer brand

May 1st, 2018

38:30

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 …

Episode 4 - Andrew Lorenzo and his work between the US & OZ

April 1st, 2018

40:06

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 …

Episode 3 - Greg Huggett & his evolution to an Exec. Chef

March 1st, 2018

50:12

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 …

Episode 2 - Kim Toovey CEO of Suki Restaurants

February 1st, 2018

46:38

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 …

Episode 1 - Alan Borges and how his coaching helps hospo

February 1st, 2018

35:11

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 …

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