Did you know that there are less than 300 people in Australia per eating out venue? No wonder competition is strong and survival is difficult. thefoodmakers offers a range of consulting services in all aspects of food business development for both food manufacturers and food service operators - to give you an edge and help you to survive and prosper. Our basic services include …

  • Restaurant Business Reviews – new and ongoing 
  • Market Research
  • Product Development
  • Food Safety and Nutrition review
  • Site optimisation
  • Operations review
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Development
  • Brand Development – brand and image design
  • Marketing strategy and implementation
  • TV and video production–for advertising, training and internal communications

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A little bit of background….

Jeremy Ryland

B.Sc. Food Technology (UNSW), MBA (UNE), MA Gastronomy (Le Cordon Bleu, Academie D’Art Culinaire de Paris), good cook

Jeremy Ryland is a passionate food professional with a unique combination of scientific, operations and marketing skills. Energetic, creative and intuitive, he is entrepreneurial and innovative with imagination, flair, energy and style. Jeremy has a strong focus on customer service as well as business acumen.

Jeremy has experience in senior marketing and operations and in all aspects of food business development including building strategic alliances, franchising, consumer research, product design, distribution, supply chain logistics and safe food production. He has experience in strategic marketing, innovation, product development, menu development, creative communications, problem solving, crisis management, brand building, business development and in creating competitive advantage.

Jeremy understands paddock to plate food production, FMCG, food service and hospitality and has experience with premium casual, QSR, restaurant chains, cafes and hotels.

Jeremy is passionate about good food, good wine and the importance that food plays in our history, culture, social lives and health. He writes on food and gastronomy for the press and has appeared on both radio and television, promoting food science, good food and commensality.

Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business & Tourism at the University of Queensland, a qualified judge for the RAS, RNA, RASV and GDA, and a part-time restaurant reviewer and critic. He lives in Brisbane, Australia but loves to travel.


We also have expertise in human resources specialising in organizational and leadership development, executive coaching, training and facilitation.

Jennifer Witheriff

MBA (USQ), Grad Dip OH&S (QUT), RN Cert (PAH)

Jennifer – or Jen as everyone calls her - specialises in organizational and leadership development, executive coaching, training and facilitation. She has held leadership roles in Government before starting her private business. Her decades of experience in leadership development and coaching have equipped her with the knowledge and confidence to work with leaders at all levels.  She offers deep insights about complex dynamics and is genuinely involved in supporting leaders to transform. Her areas of interest include adaptive leadership, influencing styles and change.

Jen had the opportunity of working with a great team on the largest leadership development and cultural change program in Healthcare in Australia. This successful award winning program has made a significant difference to the business performance and clinical outcomes at Queensland Health

Jen has worked with CEOs, Executives, Senior Managers, and emerging leaders in Government and in entrepreneurial firms to grow their leadership. She particularly interested in women’s leadership development. She was awarded the UQ Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence for the delivery of the highly successful University of Queensland Career Progression for Women program.

She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a range of 360 feedback tools. She is a highly regarded executive and career coach.  She has recently returned from JF Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where she undertook an intensive program for leadership Development facilitators entitled “The Art and Practice of Leadership Development”

Recent clients include the UQ Executive Education, UQ Business School, Princess Alexander Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Ontex Australia, The Professionals Real Estate Agencies.