Our History


Food Focus consists of a team of expert consultants with a collective 70 years of experience in the hospitality and food industries.

Food Focus Australia Pty Ltd has been established since 2010. We have helped businesses that span the supply chain and include farmers and growers, retailers of all shapes and sizes, food manufacturers, restaurants/cafes, hotels and food service to succeed with their projects.

Food Focus transforms unused spaces into vibrant community hubs

With a focus on food, music, bars, events and placemaking, Food Focus delivers exciting food and beverage innovations and game-changing spaces.

Their innovative hospitality projects include NightQuarter, the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival and a 10 day food and music festival with 70 events throughout the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Food Focus transformed an unused block in Helensvale into NightQuarter: a destination for touring bands on the Gold Coast and a community and tourism hub that attracted thousands every weekend. It created an economic impact of over $100 million in just three short years.   

The venue won accolades from Queensland Music Awards (Regional Venue of the Year Finalist 2017 2018) and the Gold Coast Music Awards (Venue of the Year Winner 2016, Finalist 2017, 2018), and sold over 55,000 tickets.  NightQuarter was responsible for putting the Gold Coast back on the map for touring artists and stimulating the local music and performing arts scene.  With the biggest names in entertainment from Simple Plan, UB40 to The Cat Empire to Screaming Jets performing at the venue.

From venue development to pop up community events, to live music and food festivals, Food Focus brings the community together.

About Food Focus

From early beginnings in 2010, Food Focus evolved into a powerful food and hospitality consultancy when industry heavyweights from two very different, but closely entwined, sectors came together. Michelle Christoe knows food. Ian Van der Woude knows hospitality. Working together, they have built a team with deep industry knowledge and the capacity to drive game-changing innovation in the Australian food and hospitality market.

The team comprising of financial strategists, operational restructuring and hospitality consultants, marketing and entertainment executives, event and function managers, bar managers and hospitality professionals.

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