Melbourne is teeming with food markets that offer insights as to why it is well known as one of the Foodie centers on earth. They are also the stimulus behind why the restaurants are astoundingly excellent. If in the desert people travel on their carpets, Melbourne is where people travel on their platters.

By definition,  a "foodie" is a person who doesn’t just take pleasure on eating food,  but also value every aspects of it:  taste, smell, and visual presentation. Foodies are people who remember the name of a chef, or tie a string on a finger while the other end is tied to the door of a favorite restaurant. An exaggerated depiction-but that’s likely so they would always know how to come back.

So, what makes food worth the attention of a foodie?

Join us as we learn the answers from some of the most well-known foodie catchers in the industry. Discover the secret recipe that will tickle a foodie’s taste buds-guaranteed to make them keep coming back for more.

About the Speaker

Speakers Nigel Wood @The Truffle Festival

Nigel is an Australian truffle grower and the founder and Director of the Truffle Melbourne and Truffle Adelaide truffle festivals, now in their fourth and third years respectively. He is also a wholesale truffle dealer and retailer of fresh truffle and truffle produce from around the world.

The Truffle Melbourne festival has grown to become the largest truffle festival weekend outside Europe, with the 20+ event program attracting over 30,000 visitors in 2016. The festival also sees strong media and social media interest, generating in excess of $1.5M worth of publicity each season.

 Truffle Melbourne aims to educate the Australian public about the joys of the truffle, especially important now that Australia is the world’s 4th largest truffle growing nation. Both Nigel and the festival are highly regarded by chefs, artisan producers and truffle growers large and small across Australia. Nigel continues to work with artisan producers in Australia and across the world to develop new truffle taste sensations and products, emulating the earlier successes of European producers. Nigel has been associated with the Australian truffle industry for almost 20 years, initially as an investor in one of Australia’s largest truffle plantations in Tasmania. More recently he planted and manages a boutique style truffiere in Gippsland Victoria. This plantation has 600 host trees, mostly Quercus Ilex (Holm Oak) but also some Hazelnut trees. These host trees are mostly inoculated with the Tuber melanosporum (Perigord French black winter truffle), but some trees are inoculated with Tuber bianchetto (Small Italian white truffle), a later fruiting variety.

Nigel has been a presenter at numerous truffle conferences around the world including the Oregon Truffle Festival (USA), New Zealand Truffle Association and several Australian and Victorian conferences. He is also a truffle judge for the Royal Agricultural Society’s Australian Food Awards. Nigel took a leading role as Secretary of the Australian Truffle Growers Association, organising annual growers’ conferences around Australia each winter and managing international guest speaker visits. 

While the focus for Australia’s largest truffle producers has been on export, Nigel’s interests are in promoting and developing the Australian domestic market for truffle and building an associated culinary tourism industry. This has led him to develop relationships with truffle growers across Australia, from the largest Western Australian producers to numerous boutique producers in Eastern Australia and Tasmania; partnerships with chefs and restaurants; networking with artisanal producers of complementary produce and working with governments, tourism and sponsoring bodies to promote the industry. In 2017, he established a new “everything truffle” retail and online business with a Pop Up store at 260 Collins Street Melbourne, a stall at the Queen Victoria Market and online at .

About The Masters Series

WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.

In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life.

In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.

To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies out of company to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.


City of Melbourne

The development of Melbourne as a knowledge city has long been a priority. Today, the knowledge city concept remains a central component to the vision of the city. The City of Melbourne seeks to create a future in which the knowledge sector is better branded, understood, valued and experienced.

“The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.”


Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong. At the end of the week, we savour the satisfaction of work well done over a cheese plate and glass of something nice at our friendly Friday Night Drinks.

Dream Factory

The Dream Factory has created a space for extraordinary people to gather and innovate in design, technology and social change. It is owned and powered by Impact Investment Group and has become one of Melbourne’s premier workplaces and event locations. The building features an ample on-site and secure car parking, very accessible bike paths from Melbourne CBD and inner north, great end-of-trip facilities, and loads of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas. The rooftop is one of Melbourne’s best panoramas of the city and port and is accessible to all its tenants.

SPARK Deakin

SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.

SPARK is more than just a moment in time, a source of funding, an event, or even a community. Spark is a startup ecosystem designed to help solve real problems and create a better future.

Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders.

Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.

Wade Institute

Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.

Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 2 Hours

What you will learn
  • Understand the nature of foodies and what interests them the most
  • Discover the advantage of pleasing foodies
  • Learn the secrets of other foodie restaurants that make them a foodie haven
What you will get
  • Recommendations by foodies
  • Attract more customers by word-of-mouth
  • Recognition by food lovers
  • Enhanced culinary style
  • Better understanding of what makes good food
  • All your questions answered, no stone left unturned
  • The opportunity to meet the movers and shakers, as well as expand your network
  • Invaluable pieces of advice from industry experts
  • Personal growth and learning
  • Empowerment to stop doubting yourself and make your ideas happen
  • Increase follow-on business and referrals
  • Regain the momentum/motivation you lost somewhere along the road

What to bring
  • Laptop and tablet.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • A camera to document your experience if you like.
What to wear

Come as you are.

Appropriate for

Startups, aspiring, and prevailing business owners.



Vendor sincce 2012

It was one afternoon when one of the Founders, Kym Huynh, called Angie Chong of The Humble Dumpling, just to have a conversation. It had been an intense start to 2017 and just shy of 3 months, Kym wanted to connect again with what brought him inspiration, joy and fulfilment - the people and companies that he works with.

For him that day, inspiration came in the form of Angie Chong. By some wonderful stroke of serendipity, Angie shared an inspiring excerpt from the book “The Last Chinese Chef” by Liang Wei. For Kym, the words were both beautiful and moving, and created a fundamental and tectonic shift. These words would later lay the foundation for the launch of the WeTeachMe Pop-Up School.

“Apprentices have asked me, what is the most exalted peak of cuisine? Is it the freshest ingredients, the most complex flavors? Is it the rustic, or the rare? It is none of these. The peak is neither eating nor cooking, but the giving and sharing of food. Great food should never be taken alone. What pleasure can a man take in fine cuisine unless he invites cherished friends, counts the days until the banquet, and composes an anticipatory poem for his letter of invitation?”

Angie Chong invites people into her own home to share food, so that she can pass on her heritage and knowledge. It is not only the act of sharing that is magical, but also the pleasure one can take when the bequeathed knowledge is used to leave a positive and lasting impact on cherished friends, family, and maybe - if it happens enough - our communities, and one day, the world.

And so the classes, workshops and courses, where we invite the best and most influential people in the world to present at, act as a conduit to pass on knowledge and heritage to a willing and mindfully curious audience. It’s an invitation that brings together people who believe in the the idea of sparking an eagerness to learn, so that together, we can propel a tidal wave of transformation that impacts not only on our own lives, but the lives of those who surround us, and then our communities.

Hence, each booking page is more than just a place where you can register your interest. It is an anticipatory poem in the guise of an invitation. When you claim your ticket, it’s an anticipation that the learning experience is set, the classroom is ready, and that the experience will be great. And best of all, that you’re going to be sitting next to people who are just as eager about learning and curious about life as you are.

It is a surprising thing. A surprising feeling. And it appeals to the human need to learn, to share, and to experience.

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