Tommy McIntosh is the Creative Director of Tommy Collins by Atlantic Group, which has catered for the Portsea Polo, Fashion Week, Alex Perry’s Runway Show, the Secret Garden and many more major events. He’s also the Co-Owner of Tommy Collins Group, which has created numerous hospitality ventures including Almond Milk Co, House of Lulu White, The Hampton’s Bakery, The Villager, Hawk & Hunter Cafe and The Little Ox Brighton to just name a few.
I’ve known Tommy from my very early days in the hospitality industry, when I was just a starry eyed kid working at The Botanical in South Yarra. Tommy was one of my industry idols, and easily ran my favourite cafe The Little Ox in Brighton.
Both Tommy and his business partner, Ben, have always maintained a principle-first approach to quality and unique events, catering many of my own personal family events over the years.
He’s great at what he does, and an even nicer bloke.
In this episode we covered:
- Marty Fox & turtlenecks
- First catering clients
- The rise of The Little Ox
- Working with Ben Avramides
- Cafes and Almond Milk Co.
- The unique business model
- Joining with Atlantic Group
- Balance and family time
Watch the episode:
00:47 – Introduction
03:10 – Marty Fox & turtlenecks
04:57 – Fashion trends, OCD, ADD
13:47 – From Brisbane to Melbourne and UK
15:50 – Falling in love with cocktails & hospitality
23:13 – First catering clients
31:15 – The rise of The Little Ox
36:06 – Odd jobs and gigs
39:50 – Working with Ben Avramides
41:25 – Cafes and Almond Milk Co.
46:03 – The unique business model
48:46 – Working with Mat of Little Veggie Patch Co.
51:14 – Joining with Atlantic Group
57:25 – Balance and family time
01:02:00 – What his business means to him
01:06:36 – Overarching principles
01:10:18 – What’s in his fridge
01:11:49 – Favourite food & drink
01:13:13 – Daily routine
01:16:38 – What he hates seeing on Instagram
01:18:34 – Best purchase under $200
01:21:09 – Are platforms listening to us?