Good Food Boost mentors.
Our experienced mentors are all local experts in food and business.
Shepherd Elliott – Wellington chef and restaurant owner
Shepherd started working at Logan Brown, when it first opened in 1996 and then worked overseas, including for Georgio Locatelli and Tetsuya Wakuda in London.
He is now the co-owner of Ti Kouka café, which serves local and fresh restaurant-style food. He co-founded Leeds Street Bakery, producing top quality, hand-made organic bread and sweets; and in August 2016 he opened Shepherd restaurant, which produces fresh, local, organic food, served within a fun and dynamic environment.
SBN’s Wellington Coordinator Laurie Foon says: “Shep is highly revered by his peers and diners alike. His commitment to zero waste and local and ethical sourcing is strong”.
Kathryn Robinson – Strategy Director, Assignment Group
Kathryn is Strategy Director for Assignment Group, a creative agency based in Wellington. She has worked with a number of New Zealand’s biggest and best known food brands, including Whittaker’s, Goldman Fielder, Griffins and Fonterra. She is also a trustee for Kaibosh, Wellington’s own food rescue organisation. Kathryn is originally from Yorkshire (home of the pudding) and is now settled in Wellington with her partner and toddler.
Richard Shirtcliffe - CEO, Coffee Supreme
Richard is the Head Boy (CEO) of one of NZ’s most loved, most addictive, and fastest internationally expanding coffee roasteries: Coffee Supreme.
He escaped law study in the early ‘90s to market NZ Endeavour's winning Whitbread yachting campaign, and the NZ Festival of the Arts; manage the NZ Dragon Boat festival; social market at Smokefree; and take a year off to pretend to be an actor in a couple of films and TV series; before not so serendipitously launching NZ/UK tech company Netenz the day of the tech crash. He sold Netenz in 2003 to UK company Imano before kite surfing home in 2004; managing Australasian sales for Icebreaker, and then global marketing for phil&teds. The lure of the hop was eventually too much to ignore and he spent 3 years growing Tuatara Brewing from backyard Kapiti to NZ’s largest independent brewery, before finding his spiritual ‘home’ at Supreme.
‘Coz he’s a little unhinged he runs the world’s toughest mountain half marathon every December. It takes him a year to recover. He loves brands, sport, guitar, writing & ‘opposite thinking’. But he loves nothing more than his amazing wife, Sarah, and three beautiful and hilarious kids (Monty, Griffin and Coco).
Teva Stewart – Merchandise Manager, CommonSense Organics
Teva has worked for CommonSense Organics since arriving in New Zealand from Scotland in 2006. He is a passionate retailer, and brings 20 years of experience in the ethical food world to his role as Merchandise Manager. He is responsible for the products, range and pricing in six CommonSense stores around the country.
Raised in an environment with a strong focus on sustainability, Teva ensures that it is a key factor when making product-based business decisions, and always strives for a win-win outcome for people and the planet.
When he’s not selling good food, Teva enjoys cooking and eating with his wife and two kids.