About your MLF team

We’re on a mission to help you build your best menu, reduce kitchen waste, save you money and achieve sustainable profits, again and again.

OUR HISTORY

“Great chefs, creating delicious food, bringing people together, reminding us that life is good.” – Tim Salisbury

In 2007 our Founder, Tim Salisbury, set out to close the gap between the large number of front-of-house systems (with high-level POS options and beverage buying groups) and the small number of back-of-house kitchen systems to help chefs. 

From humble beginnings in Tim’s spare bedroom in Port Melbourne, My Local Foodie began with just a few venues as clients and a modest $13,000 budget for the first Costimator software.

Now, My Local Foodie are proud to say we have hundreds of venues as our clients and we’ve launched V8 of the Costimator software — the benchmark product helping our chefs to buy better, cost better and continually achieve repeatable menu success.

ouR VALUES

Open

We openly receive and share information so we can all grow and thrive, drama-free.

Hungry

We have an unrelenting passion to help our clients win. Every time.

Humble

We give praise without hesitation, and admit our mistakes as we seek to improve ourselves.

People first

We listen to and champion others. And treat people the way we’d like to be treated.

Our Foodies

Our talented team of Foodies each play a key role when it comes to putting all the My Local Foodie ingredients together. 

Tim Salisbury

Tim lives and breathes hospitality – it’s in his DNA. Through seeing first hand how tough the food game can be, he set out to make hospo much easier. 13 years on, My Local Foodie continues to succeed in making every clients’ business profitable. Tim also cooks a mean roast pork belly with his signature Italian-style slaw.

Tim Salisbury
CEO & Founder
Maria Kucherhan
National Sales Manager

Brendan has been in foodservice for over 30 years. Working in supply chain and sales for Food Distribution and Producer Industries in Australia & Asia Pacific region. His love for food stems from culturally diverse ingredients. Brendan keeps himself busy living on a small farmlet outside of Melbourne.

Brendan Pola
National Procurement Manager
Juli Watson

Jules grew up in the farming paradise of East Gippsland, working as a waitress and kitchen hand at Italian Bistro in her home town. So it’s no surprise that her favourite farmers she works with are her family! For over 40 years, and three generations, her family have been ethical and sustainable beef and dairy farmers.

Juli Watson
Product Manager

Steph’s appreciation for creating good food started at a very young age, watching and ‘helping’ her Grandfather – a baker by trade – decorate cakes. An avid globetrotter, she likes nothing more than sampling local cuisines on her travels. Her not-so-secret foodie weakness is Italian cuisine.

Steph Clifton
Workflow Manager
Chris O'Callaghan

Chris’ hospitality journey began as a young boy sitting on the stairs of his parents’ restaurant. He’s done it all –  from kitchen hand, wait staff, Food & Beverage Manager of an Island Resort, to Operations Manager of a national restaurant group. His favourite foods are oysters, eye fillet and homemade ice cream.

Chris O’Callaghan
Senior Client Success Manager VIC
Nathan Reed
Client Success Manager NSW/ACT
New Foodie
Senior Buyer Fresh
New Foodie
Senior Buyer Dry, Chilled, Frozen Goods
Cameron Dods
Assistant Buyer Fresh

Simona originally hails from northern Italy, and before moving to Australia lived in London where she studied IT and worked in hospo. She’s found MLF to be the “perfect mix” of the two. Simona loves spending hours in the kitchen cooking for dinner guests, and enjoys making her own bread, gnocchi, fresh pasta and pizzas.

Simona Tocchetti
Assistant Buyer Dry, Chilled, Frozen Goods
Peter Grimbacher

Some of Pete’s best food memories are from share-housing with a chef in Brisbane. Just hanging around the kitchen whilst someone cooks, talking food, tasting and discussing places to eat. When he is not eating, Pete is keeping on top of the My Local Foodie accounts.

Peter Grimbacher
Bookkeeper

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