Keynote Panel - How Australia innovates


Australia is capturing the world’s attention for its pioneering efforts in premium agriculture and food production, delivering savvy solutions to global challenges. 


As we seek to combat the effects of climate change, address the need to find sustainable solutions to increase our production and respond to the increasingly complex demands from our consumers, our panel provide insight to where Australia fits in the global food system.


Panel moderator - Pat Nourse, the creative director of Food + Wine Victoria and a former editor of Gourmet Traveller magazine is well versed to guide the conversation with Jock Zonfrillo, owner of Restaurant Orana, winner of the Good Food Guide's Best Restaurant Award in 2018 and 2019, Dr Michele Allan, the Chairperson of Meat and Livestock Australia and Food Innovation Australia Ltd to provide research investment insight and Will Young, the most respected coffee genius in Australia and the brains trust behind Campos Coffee.

Join us for an entertaining and informative discussion with panellists hungry to transform the way we create, distribute and consume food. 


 Pat Nourse is the creative director of Food + Wine Victoria. A journalist and critic with some 20 years’ experience, he was a former editor at Gourmet Traveller magazine, with his work published internationally in the likes of Saveur, Travel + Leisure, Fool, Afar, Lucky Peach, Condé Nast’s Gourmet, and the Qantas, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Virgin in-flight magazines. Pat serves on Tourism Australia’s Food and Wine Advisory Panel, has chaired voting for Australia/Oceania for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2006, is a curator of the forthcoming 2019 Phaidon release Signature Dishes That Matter, and shares his eating and travel adventures on Instagram as @patnourse.

Creative Director of Food + Wine  Victoria



Jock Zonfrillo owner/chef of  Restaurant Orana, Winner of the Good Food Guide Awards Best Restaurant in 2018 and 2019, is equal parts renegade, maverick and genius -  showing Australia what it had on its doorstep all along; changing and challenging the way we eat, use and regard our indigenous native ingredients. More

Chef - Restaurateur - Philanthropist - adventurer 



Michele is currently Chair of the Boards of Defence Co-operative Research Centre, Apple and Pear Australia Limited, Charles Sturt University, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Food and Agribusiness growth Centre (FIAL).  She is a non-executive director of CSIRO, CRC Food Agility, Dairy Food Safety Victoria, Wine Australia and Grain Growers Limited. 


Her prior board roles include Tasmanian Irrigation, Innovation and Science Australia, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, Forest and Wood Products Australia, William Angliss Institute, Callaghan Innovation (NZ) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. Michele held executive roles with Amcor Limited, Kraft Foods, Bonlac Foods Limited, ICI, Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence Tasmania, Johnson and Johnson and Nestle.  Michele has a Bachelor of Applied Science from University of Technology Sydney, Master of Management of Technology from Melbourne University, Master Commercial Law Deakin University and Doctorate from RMIT. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia 



It’s 1997. 1:20 on a Saturday afternoon in Sydney. Will Young has spent the last year surfing and working odd jobs. He finds himself at a backstreet cafe. He doesn’t like coffee, but the guy behind the counter tells him this one is different. “Trust me. Don’t put sugar in it.”


Will takes a sip and at that moment his life is changed. This liquid is like nothing he’s tasted before. He realises that coffee has a potential far beyond anything he could have imagined. Will is hooked. He needs to go wherever this journey is going to take him.


Will has never wavered from this vision. He has built a business based on ethics and sustainability, one centred by a deep fascination and respect for coffee, the customers who drink it, and everyone involved in its journey to the cup.


As the founder and CEO of Campos Coffee, Will Young is widely recognised as a leader in Australia’s specialty coffee culture. 


Will now leads the jury at the Best of Panama, the world’s most prestigious and influential ultra-premium coffee competition. As Head Judge, he sees it as his mission to elevate the ultra-premium category to help show farmers a path away from basic, soul-destroying commodity pricing models.

CEO and Founder of Campos Coffee


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