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Nick Stone is a native of Melbourne Australia who moved to New York City in 2010.  He envisioned Bluestone Lane whilst attending Business School in New York, with the idea of providing a premium coffee experience that can be readily found in Melbourne Australia (but not readily in New York).

Nick has extensive corporate finance and strategy experience with ANZ Banking Group Limited and UBS Investment Bank, advising and financing some of the world’s largest consumer & services companies in United States, Europe and the Asia/Pacific.

Prior to banking, Nick was a professional Australian Rules Football (AFL) player for 6 seasons, having been selected in the 1999 AFL National Draft from Wesley College, Australia (High School).


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One of the two founders of Two Hands NYC, Giles Russell with his business partner Henry Roberts opened their first Two Hands on Mott Street in Little Italy in June of 2014. Aiming to create a community hub where locals and tourists alike could come and enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch accompanied with the best coffee in New York in an atmosphere that felt welcoming like a home away from home. Over the past year Two Hands has become more than just a coffee shop, offering the community a space to collaborate on ideas and improve the lives on those around them and far beyond and it is this that Two Hands hopes to continue doing for years to come.



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Matilda Boland is a Melbourne native and has lived in various cities around the world including San Francisco, London and Singapore. The influence of her nomadic childhood gave her an interest in and palate for international cultures and cuisines. After earning an international relations degree with a focus on global studies/business communications from her hometown’s Monash University, Matilda moved to New York City in 2008. She has worked in the New York restaurant industry for the past seven years. Prior to the opening of Burke & Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club she worked with the Moo Life Group, which operated Bondi Road, Sunburnt Cow, and the two locations of the Sunburnt Calf. It was at Moo Life Group where she met Tim Harris (owner), and formed the bond that is core to the business partnership that fuels both Burke & Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club’s successes.

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Chef Janine Booth was born and raised on the beautiful, big island continent of Australia. Her culinary journey began at a very young age and living in a multicultural society, Janine was always fascinated by the array of amazing cuisine around her. In 2006 Janine took an eight-month exploratory culinary sabbatical, traveling through Europe and Southeast Asia, where she gained an incredible amount of knowledge on international flavors.

Janine went on to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. Following culinary school, she kicked off her professional career as a Chef at gigi’s restaurant in Miami under Executive Chef Jeff McInnis. Following her time at gigi, Janine landed at the acclaimed Yardbird Southern Table and Bar of Miami Beach in 2011, once again working under the tutelage of Chef McInnis. After almost two years at Yardbird, Janine decided to return to a cuisine very close to her heart, Northeastern Thai, as the Sous Chef on the opening team of Khong River House.  Within three months of opening, the restaurant was nominated for a James Beard award.

Last October, Janine appeared on NBC/Bravo’s Emmy award winning television show, “Top Chef,” cooking and competing in New Orleans. Now settled in NYC, Janine brings southern hospitality to the LES at Root & Bone with her partner, Chef Jeff McInnis.


Monday, 1 June 2015
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Toby's Estate, 125 N 6th Street, Brooklyn


Amalia Ridwan on 212 338 6860 x201


Author, Chef & Australian Masterchef Finalist
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Daniel Churchill grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney where the beach, sport and food culture were a major part of his upbringing. Daniel established his first business as a Health Coach at 17 and became a consultant in nutrition and cooking after completing a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise management and a Masters in Exercise Science. By 19, Daniel had self-published his first cookbook DudeFood, a book to empower the modern man in the kitchen.  Daniel’s media personality grew quickly after appearing as a contestant in Australian MasterChef in 2013, following which he combined his passion for health and cooking to release his second book The Healthy Cook which sold out within weeks of its release. Daniel is now an international keynote speaker and a regular cooking guest on television programs. In 2014, Daniel moved to the United States to expand his international profile and begin filming his first TV series. He also has an active blog and web series. Daniel has recently released his new book DudeFood which he promoted on Good Morning America.


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