MCEC’s Executive Chef, Peter Haycroft joined the southern hemisphere’s largest kitchen in October 2015.
After working in some of the world’s premier hotel kitchens including Hyatt and Accor, Peter returned to Melbourne and joined EPICURE at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as Chef de Cuisine in 2001. Peter obtained the role of Executive Chef in 2008 and led his team deliver high class products and major events, including the AFL Grand Finals, international cricket, MCC 175 year celebration, Australian Grand Prix, Flemington spring racing carnival, President’s Cup and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Om nom indeed! With her flair for creativity, Joanne is often likened to Heston Blumenthal – presenting whimsical and theatrical desserts designed to engage multiple senses. Joanne’s philosophy on dessert is all about thinking outside the box. With her innovative fusion of well-loved ingredients (popping candy, am I right?) she’s a rebel in the kitchen if we ever saw one. Joanne also cooked for Oprah Winfrey… so you get a dessert… and you get a dessert… and YOU get a dessert!
Regarded as one of Australia’s leading chefs, Nicky claimed the coveted ‘one chef’s hat’ status in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Age Good Food Guide, affirming her passion for creating unique menus that stand out from the crowd. Not only is she committed to menus that impress, her offerings also deliver a sense of provenance, revitalising flavours that are often neglected in modern cooking techniques.
In 2002, Frank and his team turned their backs on traditional three course dining, and launched MoVida. With their tantalising Spanish menu of tapas and raciones, they soon had Melbourne hooked on share-plate dining, and MoVida blossomed into a recognised city institution. With multiple venues consistently packed out, it’s no surprise that Frank has received critical acclaim, several Chef’s Hats, as well as ‘Dish of the Year’ at The Age Good Food Guide Awards.
It’s no accident that Adam D’Sylva is one of the most notorious chefs in town. Part-owner and head chef of Coda, Melbourne’s hottest bar and restaurant, Adam has built himself an enviable culinary reputation. When cooking at Coda, he draws inspiration from across the globe, blending Asian and European tastes and techniques, with striking results. Within a year of its 2009 opening, the restaurant was awarded One Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide 2010, and 2011.
Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr. Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, and commercial drone operations.
Electric Fields is a potent new music bringing together the brilliance and creativity of music producer and composer Michael Ross, with the mesmerising sensitivity of Zaachariaha Fielding – whose rare and beautiful voice has been described as ‘taking soul to the stratosphere’. These two feminine brothers are creating a striking and memorable merging of living traditional culture with electronic music.
Opening the borders of genre, acoustic guitar duo Opal Ocean fuses together rock, ﬂamenco techniques, and progressive pop arrangements to create their own unique wall of sound.
Sampa the Great (Sampa Tembo) is a poet and singer-songwriter. Expressing herself through music, poetry and visual art, Sampa captures listeners with thought provoking words, while encouraging people to enjoy the simplicity of creativity.
Sampa has a penchant for poetry and weaves lyrical mazes with her verses, drawing listeners into a lush, imaginative world. Her music bonds from spoken-word to pure hip-hop rapping, with stops at psychedelic and blues along the way; it’s the sound of an adventurous young mind pushing out against all boundaries.
Consultant, Social Economist and Founder of the Circular Money Economic Ecosystem (CMEE) model. Stef Kuypers has a history in IT, creative thinking, improvisation and business interventions. He self-studied on economics, monetary systems, complexity theory, human behaviour and sociology, through diving into online research and engaging with progressive thinkers. He became interested in monetary systems after discovering that the biggest hurdle to solving our climate change problem is actually our monetary system and more importantly the behaviour it creates. This launched him on a path to create a system which could lead to more sustainable economic and social behaviour, scalable up to a global level. The end result? The CMEE model.
Former Managing Director and Head of Strategy at Marcel, Paris, and now Chief Strategy Officer at Publicis Worldwide Australia, Iona Macgregor has been named one of Australia’s Top 30 Women in Media.
Half Scottish, Half French, Macgregor found her way into advertising after studying Philosophy at Oxford University and Political Sciences in Paris. After 14 years in creative agencies overseas, she finally reached her dream destination, Australia. Her work at Publicis Australia involves steering brand strategy – aka. fighting indifference and apathy – for the agency’s local and global clients. MacGregor is fascinated by how technology is changing people, and how people in turn are using technology to improve the world.
Senior lecturer and criminology program coordinator at the Department of Security Studies & Criminology at Macquarie University. His award-winning research monograph – ‘Drugs on the Dark Net: How Cryptomarkets are Transforming the Global Trade in Illicit Drugs’ – was the first scholarly book published on this topic. This groundbreaking text introduced key concepts regarding the growth and impact of the darknet on both the practice and policing of illicit drug markets. He is also a founding member of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub, a transnational network facilitating scholarly collaboration and research into the darknet drugs trade.