#127: Tommy McIntosh of Tommy Collins By Atlantic Group

By Jordan Michaelides
July 16, 2019
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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

🎧 Listen here or watch on YouTube:


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?