Following her lifelong passion for food, after high school Alex attended SITC Tete-de-Ran, a hospitality school in Switzerland before returning to Australia to commence her career in the restaurant and hotel trade.
Alex joined the family company in 1997 and has been instrumental in the development of a unique set of sea salt products including Australia’s first grey salt, Olsson’s Macrobiotic Sea Salt, Olsson’s Sea Salt Flakes, Olsson’s Truffle Salt and most recently the Red Gum Smoked Salt in collaboration with Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room) and Charlie Costello (Pialligo Smokehouse Canberra).
With over 28 years of experience across the food industry, John Susman is best known for his intimate knowledge of all things seafood.
John operates specialist seafood consultancy, FISHTALES, is the Head Judge of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, Aquaculture Competition and is a restaurant critic for both Fairfax and Murdoch publications. John is also a director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
With a global network of mates who are best in class fishermen, fishmongers, chefs, retailers and restaurateurs; and a manic love for every aspect of food, John is equally passionate in sharing his knowledge of fresh seafood and food trends, with anyone who’ll listen.
His first book , The Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook, released in 2016 has become the top selling book on Seafood in Australia’s history.
EVENT CO-ORDINATOR / ACCOUNTS
Sophia Marino is a lover of all things food, fashion & design and with a background in each of these industries she brings every aspect of them into her life everyday.
Growing up in an Italian/Greek family, food & traditions have never been in short supply, whether it’s making ‘sugo al pomodoro’ with Nonna or ‘Pastitsio’ with Yai-yai, good rich food & flavours have ALWAYS been a part of her life.
Sophia joined the Olsson’s team in January 2016, and in this time she has worked with chefs and graziers to help put together producer-focused events around Australia, assisted in new product launches alongside Alex Olsson and is excited about what’s to come with LollaProducer 2017.
Joanne Khawaja is an accomplished Events Director/Producer who has built a name for herself and company JFK&co. Joanne has over 18 years’ experience in Directing and Producing events nationally.
Joanne has been pivotable in bringing to life Australia’s leading food, lifestyle and niche brands with stylish events, experiences, activations. Events such as delicious Produce Awards and other key brands such as donna hay, Taste.com.au and many more!
JFK&co is renowned for our holistic approach to full event direction and management with a proven track record of delivering meticulously planned, high quality events for both corporate and private individuals, catering to any budget and brief. From production, design, on-site management and execution, we take on briefs of all shapes and sizes with attention to the finest detail.
JFK&co goes above and beyond to create an amazing experience on your behalf and will
ensure the planning process is seamless with a polished end result. We conceptualise, schedule, manage your budget, orchestrate teams, manage suppliers and deliver to a timeline
Follow Joanne on Instagram @jfkco
PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY + SOCIAL MEDIA
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Martin’s world of gastronomy has seen him doing stints in the kitchen with Paul Bocuse and Rick Stein, working in radio preaching food as an on air presenter with Larry Emdur.
After completing his qualifications as a chef within the International 5 star Hotel system, he eventually chased his own dreams after learning from some influential mentors, embarking on his own Australian restaurant journey he was then drawn into food media as Food editor for 9-5 magazine and becoming one of TV'S first chefs, appearing on Channel 10’s Cheez TV, Segment appearances on Channel 9’s Burkes Backyard, Good Morning Australia and The Today Show whilst juggling running his restaurants.
As a freelance Chef, Martins services are in great demand. From top tier catering and event companies, Martin is renowned as one of the industries number one trouble shooters, which has placed him in high demand for his restaurant and kitchen consultancy skills having now opened 11 restaurants, cafes and bars for clients. In 2016 Martin joined the Kitchen team at Venueslive who are responsible for the 90,000 seat ANZ stadium and other venues in Sydney and Perth.
He has now added brand ambassadorships for worldwide companies Dilmah, Chefs Toolbox, Matador BBQ’s, Breville, Glasslock, Victorinox Knives, Lurpak butter and Barilla, which has had seen him presenting all over the world. Martin hosts a weekly live show, “Chefs Kitchen” on TVSN broadcast through Australia and N.Z.