Meet the influential, entrepreneurial and innovative women in the Australian food and drinks industry and have some fun with Females in Food.

Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018 | Time: 6.00pm-9.00pm | Venue: Worksmith, 450 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066

Join us to celebrate all that’s great about women in food and drink with an informal evening of networking, inspiration and conversation.

Your ticket includes hearing from our guest speaker, Kathy Tsaples, Founder of Sweet Greek, who will share with us her inspiring story, as well as Leanne Usher of Dinner by Heston Bluementhal, Melbourne, and an introduction from Chelsea Ford who will share why right now it’s more important than ever to support women in food & drink.  You’ll taste test cold infused tea with Zi Xie of Somage Fine Foods, you’ll be given ice tea on arrival, and enjoy sumptuous Greek finger food, wine and mineral water throughout the evening.

Kathy Tsaples publisher, Melbourne Books, will be at the event to sell Kathy’s books as well as other local cookbooks at special Females in Foods prices.

So join us.

  • Hear from our guest speakers Kathy Tsaples, Founder of Sweet Greek  as well as Leanne Usher of Dinner by Heston Bluementhal, Melbourne. 
  • Be inspired by Females in Food founder Chelsea Ford and hear about why now is the most exciting time to be a woman in food and drink
  • Taste Somage Fine Foods cold infused tea, Sweet Greek finger food and a selection of non and alcoholic drinks
  • Connect with others in the Females in Food community
  • Experience Worksmith, the new collaboration & coworking space for people in the food & drink industry

This will be a popular event , so get your ticket now!

Females in Food would like to thank our event partner Somage Fine Foods.

About your hosts and speakers:


Born to migrant parents in the suburb of Richmond, Kathy grew up learning to cook traditional Greek cuisine from her mother, recipes that have been passed down through generations.

Kathy was working in the corporate world when in April 2009, during Holy week, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Was this an omen?… Once the shock subsided, Kathy realised there was so much more she wanted to do with her life. She had always enjoyed cooking and there could be no greater meaning for in life than to honour her mother and Greek tradition and cook and share her food for a living!

Once she had decided to pursue her dream, things started to fall into place. In 2012 Kathy opened Sweet Greek at Prahran market. The rest is history…or should we say ‘herstory’ as told in her two cookbooks that have been published since Sweet Greek started.


Born in the North of England in a small village where Leanne started working in hospitality from a young age. What began as a weekend job quickly turned into a passion. After having graduated at the age of 22, she made the move to London where things became a lot more serious.

In January 2011, Leanne was part of the opening team for Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, in London. Whilst the experience was overwhelming at first her desire to improve and grow within the company became her focus. With promotions and experience came other opportunities including finding herself in Melbourne where in 2015 she was involved in the opening of The Fat Duck . It wasn’t long before Leanne was offered the position of Assistant Restaurant Manager for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Melbourne.

Leanne has never looked back and her passion to continuously improve in such a competitive industry is part of her success. She feels being surrounding by so much talent whilst loving what you do, is what propels her to always improve and deliver the highest of standards.


Chelsea Ford is a highly regarded growth strategist, coach and facilitator and is the Founder of Females in Food.

Chelsea has over 20 years of senior executive experience in dynamic organisations including Kellogg, Nestle, Spotless, Douwe Egberts and Dyson.

Throughout the past ten years she has been admired and awarded for her entrepreneurial success as an effective coach and mentor to enterprises large and small, and to leaders making a difference. In 2017 Chelsea was recognised for her entrepreneurial success by being named as a Top 50 Small Business Leader by Inside Small Business Magazine.