The Open Pantry Podcast

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. Here are the latest 3:


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 very successful restaurant coaching business and in the 18 months since we have last talked to him he has developed even more insights.

In this episode we discuss:

-Is leadership or team culture more important

-Who the best leader he has worked under and why

-How he believes automation will change restaurant leadership

-What's the number one thing that venue owners can do to change their team culture

Alan is all over the internet, but the easiest way to find him is through his website here:

Episode 23: How to grow and established restaurant brand

In this episode we talk with my great friend Daniel Grundmann who is a co-owner of Hooked Fish and Chipper which has three locations in Melbourne.

On this podcast we discuss:

-How he started out in the hospitality industry in the UK

-Why he bought an established brand and how they evolved it

-Why Fish and Chips are still a relevant section of the QSR industry

-The food trends he is picking up on whilst he travels overseas

-How he feels health brands will grow and evolve over the coming years

Please make sure you check out on of Hooked's locations in Melbourne.

Search for them here at:

Insta- @hookedfishandchipper


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

It was great to catch up with my good friend Frank Wilden and discuss leasing in the hospitality industry.

On this podcast we discuss:

-Why the people get into bad leasing deals

-How much to spend on a lease as a percentage

-Whether high street or shopping centres are better for branding

-Why some venues look profitable but go out of business

-How to do your due diligence on your next site

I hope you really enjoy this episode and please make sure you follow Frank on twitter @thefrankreport