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MELBOURNE - Built From Scratch: Passion to Profit

  • Diesel Bar 202 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)
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WHAT: Built From Scratch

WHERE: Diesel Bar and Eatery, 202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000

WHEN: Tuesday, 6th February 2018

TIME: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm Start - 8pm

TOPIC // From Passion to Profit

Love to cook? Live to bake? Want to know how to turn your passion into profit? We have an incredible lineup of female entrepreneurs who took their passion for food to the next level. 
They've taken their love of food, and brought it to the masses, and created a successful and thriving business out of it. Hear their stories and learn from their journey, as they've built their business from scratch.

Expect some nugs of wisdom on - how to get started, how to price your products, how to test the market, figuring out if hospitality is really for you, using social media to spread the word... and of course, connect with other ladies that are in hospitality, retail or food enthusiasts. 

Light finger food will be provided, with a special League Happy Hour of $6 House Wine by the glass.

Spots are limited, so book your tickets now to ensure you don't miss out!


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Amanda Walker Koronczyk - Co-founder Lord of the Fries

Amanda Walker is Co-Founder and Owner of Lord of the Fries, makers of Australia’s favourite fries with a side of vegetarian burgers and hot dogs.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada (and moonlighting as ‘The Lord’ herself), Amanda’s journey to co-founding Lord of the Fries with her husband has seen her travel the world. Starting out as a teacher in Canada, Mandy met Mark Koronczyk (Co-Founder) in Taiwan teaching English as a Second Language. With a shared passion for their favourite food, french fries, and creating food made with love, not animals, Lord of the Fries was born. The vegetarian entrepreneurs wanted to see an alternative to the fast food that was out there, one that considered the health of the people, the planet and the animals. Eventually the pair was joined by Mark’s brother and former animator, Sam Koronczyk, who helped the team transition from festival-going food truck with the mostest to bricks and mortar quick service restaurant.

Prior to owning her own business, Amanda had little executive level experience but used her passion for the brand and its mission, a determination to succeed and a desire to bring good food to the people as her guide.

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Aline Viravouth - Co- Founder Merah Restaurant, Co - Founder Merah Chilli Sambal, Director Nasi Lemak House 

Aline is the Co-founder of Merah Restaurant, Merah Chilli Sambal, and the Director or Nasi  Lemak House.  Based on recipes passed down by four generations, Aline’s restaurants bring together a culmination of cultures and ingredients. 
The restaurants, run by Aline and her life partner Marcel, thrive on bringing together people, to make this a place to meet, eat, and share new experiences.

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Jerry Mai - Owner and Chef of Phô Nom, and Annam Restaurants

Jerry Mai was one of the first chefs to bring authentic Vietnamese flavours to Melbourne’s kitchens. She continues to be a culinary leader whose paddock to plate ethos and no-fuss attitude is winning friends and fans in Melbourne and afield. 

Jerry spent her early years at some of Melbourne’s best known and most respected Asian-accented restaurants – Longrain (2006), Seamstress (2007) and Gingerboy (2008-9). 

In 2014 Jerry teamed up with her brother David to share the flavours of their family kitchen with lucky shoppers and city workers. Pho Nom isn’t standard food court fare but restaurant quality food served with speed, consideration and more than a little heart. There are currently 2 busy Pho Nom stores in Melbourne’s CBD.

September 2017 saw the restaurant incarnation of Jerry’s family history, culture and training with Annam Restaurant and Bar opening in Chinatown. Mimicking the feasting friends and family are treated to at Jerry’s home table, guests are encouraged to share.  Annam is set to change the way Melbourne thinks about Vietnamese food and Jerry is primed to drive this change.




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Sheryl Thai -Founder & Director of Cupcake Central, and Co-Founder and CEO of League of Extraordinary Women.