Veuve Cliquot announces New Generation Award in Sydney on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, in front of 100 of the country’s young business leaders, Bianca Monley, Founding Director of Eat Fit Food, was announced as the Australian winner of the 2016 Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award is part of a global initiative, and recognises the success and vision of up-and-coming, entrepreneurial business women, specifically those less than 40 years of age. This age group has been selected as it correlates to the formative years of Madame Clicquot’s own tenure of the House. Madame Clicquot was just 27 years of age when she took over Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin following the death of her husband.

Bianca Monley was chosen by the panel of judges as the young female entrepreneur who best reflects Madame Clicquot’s values of innovation, audacity and fearlessness. Like Madame Clicquot, Bianca is a true innovator, identifying the market opportunity for healthy home-delivered food over a decade ago and staying ahead of the curve as the segment has exploded in recent years. She was selected from a strong field of finalists which included Bridget Louden & Emily Yue, Co-Founders of Expert360, and Julie Stevanja, Founder & CEO at Stylerunner.

As the winner of the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award, Bianca receives a trophy, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 06, and a trip to France, where she will join the Veuve Clicquot International Business Woman Forum and visit the Manoir de Verzy and the House’s vineyards in Reims. There she will have a vine baptised in her name, recognising her legacy and lifelong relationship with Veuve Clicquot.

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award was judged by an expert panel comprising:

Sarah-Jane Clarke, Co-Founder and former Director of sass&bide; Mandy Foley, Founder and Managing Director of Stedmans Hospitality; Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Louise Olsen, Co- Founder and Creative Director of Dinosaur Designs and Maryanne Shearer, Co-Founder of T2 Tea.

Maryanne Shearer, Chair of Judges and a previous winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, commented: “Veuve Clicquot continues to celebrate the achievements of women in business all over the world. On International Women’s Day, we are very excited to be celebrating the talents and achievements of young women as they build their businesses, and to present this year’s Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award to Bianca Monley in recognition of her extraordinary entrepreneurship. Just as Madame Clicquot re-invented the world of Champagne, so this young woman has forged a business in a crowded marketplace though innovation, creativity and sheer tenacity.”

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Eat Fit Food’s Founder Bianca Monley is a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and a health-foodie dedicated to changing people’s lives. Originally from Wanaka New Zealand, Bianca moved to Sydney in 2000 armed with a passion for health, motivation for business and vast knowledge of food, thanks largely to a childhood spent around her parents’ restaurant.

In 2002, at just 22 years of age, Bianca launched Eat Fit Food, a one-woman show operating from her tiny apartment kitchen in Bondi. Twelve years on, Eat Fit Food has evolved into a highly respected health food home delivery business, complete with a team of chefs, nutritionists and health experts, delivering across Sydney and Melbourne with plans to expand nationwide and beyond.

Established before the health food industry boom, Bianca blazed the health-conscious trail and cemented Eat Fit Food’s status as a trusted luxury health brand designed to support optimal health and weight loss. With an extensive cast of Eat Fit Foodie followers such as Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Lara Worthington and Ronan Keating, Bianca is recognised as the go-to person when stars are in town to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Today, her business delivers over 3,000 meals a day to people’s homes and offices, made from ethically and organically produced meat, fish and produce.

Bianca is open about the challenges she has faced along the way, explain that her business didn’t make money in its first decade and that at one point early on in her business, she had her equipment repossessed when she couldn’t pay her bills. Her response to the challenges in her business has been to push forward, learn from her mistakes and constantly innovate. Her motto? “Stay strong, never give up and keep inventing the things of tomorrow.”

Having recently bought a property in The Southern Highlands, Bianca plans to farm and grow organic produce to introduce into Eat Fit Food’s daily meals, in order to deliver a true farm-to-plate experience. She also this month launched her latest innovation – vending machines stocked with healthy options for corporate customers – in offices around the country. Her plans include expansion to Queensland and in 2017, her first foray into the US market. The future for Bianca Monley and Eat Fit Food does indeed look healthy.

Aussie Mars hopeful heads into HAB to promote The Martian

AUSTRALIAN ‘Mars One’ candidate Josh Richards has entered a solitary, purpose-built ‘HAB’ at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

He has been selected as one of only 100 astronaut candidates who will potentially leave earth forever and travel to Mars in 2025 to colonise the planet.

A physicist, explosives engineer and a soldier, when a major film distributor in Australia went looking for someone to be part of a marketing initiative, they could not have found a better and more legitimate participant than Mr Richards.

Mr Richards isn’t just some actor who has been dumped into a Mars-like HAB (habitat) for five days in the hope of flogging DVDs of the Matt Damon starring movie, The Martian.

Quite possibly, he will also be Australia’s first legitimate ‘Martian’ as he is already on the short list of names that is being put through paces. Soon enough he may be part of the very serious and ambitious $6 billion Mars One mission.

The mission hopes to send a group of men and women to Mars by 2025.

While some people still think it is pie-in-the-sky stuff, Mr Richards is absolutely confident human life will eventually exist on Mars.

“I wouldn’t have put my hand up if I didn’t think it wasn’t going to work,” a confident Mr Richards told

“I have learnt, among many things, that we can GET people to Mars but we just can’t get them back at this stage.”

Mr Richards says there are many challenges to make the Mars One project work, from political and technological but the biggest one is physiology.

“The biggest issue is about coming back,’’ he says.

“Bones break down due to the reduced gravity environment, as you have zero ‘g’s’ when travelling through space so your body is adapting to reduced gravity. Once it is coming back it is going through upwards of 9gs of gravity, so you just wouldn’t survive it.

“With going one way, you have the chance to land and stay on land on the planet and research and discover new things and you never have to worry about experiencing the risk of what could be coming back.”

Hence, any of the team eventually chosen in the next 12 months and who commit to going to Mars have to reconcile the fact that Mars, potentially in 10 years’ time, will be their home. Forever.

“It’s really been an extension of where I was already going,’’ says the Perth-born former military man.

“I know what it is like to live with a backpack and rather than focusing on owning a home and having that kind of very traditional 1950s image of what success in life is, I have become a nomad and just keep moving and go where I need to be.

“My hope is you’ll be able to go outside in 10 years’ time and point out to kids outside that ‘look up there, there are people now living there, on Mars’.”

The public ‘HAB’ he has entered is very similar to what Matt Damon’s character ‘lived’ in, in the movie, The Martian.

“It is very clean and quite similar to what is in the film and what is going on inside will be very similar,’’ he says.

Mr Reynolds is taking part in a five-day public challenge that will require him to use his ingenuity, tenacity and skill to survive in a simulated Martian base.

He will be required to undertake up to three survival challenges a day, set by a team of experts and scientists.

The challenges have been designed to emulate those faced by Mark Watney (Matt Damon) in the Oscar-nominated movie, The Martian.

“I’m not fussed about people watching into the HAB over the next few days as you basically have to forget that the cameras are on and that people are staring,’’ he laughs.

But hang on, if he was to suddenly meet someone who he fell madly in love with, how would the 10-years-on-earth timeline go.

“I have faced those challenges already,” says Josh.

“I was with someone when I found out about all of this and I sat down with my partner and had an in-depth discussion. I realised that I want to eventually change the way all humans live and if this happens, this will definitely be part of that.”

“It’s difficult and very challenging and it means I don’t have those kind of relationships that most people do as I am committed to going to Mars.”

At this point, there are 100 candidates worldwide for the Mars One mission and there are seven Aussies in the mix.

“The next phase is September when they get us all together somewhere in the world and will put us through more testing and we would eventually become full time employees hoping on a launch date of 2026 with a landing date of March 2027.

“The cost of all of this is the cost of a major stadium or it is three times of what Australian would spend on beer in a year.”

* The public can observe Josh 24-hrs a day, directly through the glass exterior or via a live camera feed at

The Martian is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on February 10

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New Fiddler on the Roof Sydney Tickets On Sale Now

New tickets to the upcoming Sydney season of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF starring Anthony Warlow have just been released. This brand new production of one of history’s greatest musicals, opens at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on March 24 for a strictly limited 6 week season.

The most celebrated name in Australian musical theatre, Anthony Warlow, comes home from Broadway to perform his bucket list role of Tevye.  Anthony has spent the last three years treading the boards on Broadway playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie and most recently replacing Kelsey Grammar as Captain Hook in Finding Neverland. He’ll tread the boards alongside Australian stage and screen star, Sigrid Thornton, ARIA award winning musician Lior, funny-man Mark Mitchell and acclaimed actress Nicki Wendt.

Melbourne audiences and critics alike agree that this is a world class production with a world class cast.

‘ A masterful performance’ – Channel 9


‘A masterpiece’ – Herald sun


‘A tremendous night out’ – 3AW


‘A truly brilliant performance by the entire cast…  You truly cannot miss seeing this classic musical performed in all of its glory.’ – AU Review

Playing Tevye’s five daughters are Teagan Wouters (Dirty Dancing) as Tzeitel, Monica Swayne (Wicked) as Hoddel, Jessica Vickers (NIDA) as Chava and making their professional adult musical theatre debuts are Madeline Perrone and Sara Reed as Sprintze and Bielke. Perchik will be played by Blake Bowden (South Pacific), Avram by Andrew Kroenert (City of Angels), Pendel by Andrew Pepe (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Fyedeka by Jensen Overend (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). The role of Fruma-Sarah will be played by Sara Grenfell (Sunset Boulevard) while the Rabbi will be played by Derek Taylor. Completing the cast in the ensemble are Prue Bell, Jared Bryan, Zoe Coppenger, Zack Curran, Mark Doggett, Matt Douglass Brett Fisher, David Hammond, Glen Hogstrom, Jennifer Peers, Matthew Predney, Annie Stanford, Darren Tyler and David Whitney.

As one of the world’s most loved musicals, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 50 years with its humour, warmth and honesty. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF follows the heart-warming journey of a family that has its traditional life turned upside down as the modern world starts to impact on life in their idyllic village. Striving to maintain traditions, like the fiddler on the roof, this classic tale is a celebration of life, love, family and ultimately a story of hope.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over, Tradition, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker, To Life and of course, If I Were A Rich Man.

Produced by Tim Lawson for The Works Entertainment, (The Illusionists, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Chorus Line) this new Australian production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is directed by the acclaimed Roger Hodgman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), musically directed by Kellie Dickerson (WICKED) and boasts the award winning choreography by Jerome Robbins (West Side Story) under the watchful eye of Resident Choreographer, Dana Jolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Completing the creative team is Set Designer, Richard Roberts; Light Designer, Paul Jackson and Sound Designer, Michael Waters.





Land Rover Polo in the Park takes over Sydney

The Land Rover Polo in the City kick-started Sydney’s summer season on Saturday with a glamorous polo party in Centennial Park, Sydney. Celebrating the event’s 10th year, the spectacular Land Rover marquee was hosted by Land Rover ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh along with Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Matthew Wiesner.

The Land Rover VIP Marquee was this year styled as an elegant Hamptons-style homestead, complete with laid-back sundeck furniture and sprawling wooden verandas. In perhaps the most luxurious offering on course, the fixture had its own restaurant, where guests were able to order lobster rolls, spicy fish empanadas and grilled wagyu beef chimichurri salad, accompanied by Aperol Spritz and Champagne. There were even two tiny polo ponies tethered to the white picket fence, “Rangie” and “Rover”, who boasted miniature Land Rover horse blankets. And of the course the stars of the Land Rover VIP Marquee was the line up of Land Rover vehicles including the never seen before New 2016 Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic.

The Sydney event was the first in the Land Rover Polo in the City series which will happen around the country in November and December, with Land Rover hosting over 500 VIPs and customers over five weeks in five states. In its endless quest to go above and beyond, Land Rover partners with equestrian events all around the world, from its global alignment with the British Polo Day to the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.

Guests who headed down to Centennial Park in their Range Rovers to tread the divots included Land Rover ambassadors Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh, Francesca Cumani and Rob Archibald, Tom and Hoda Waterhouse, Matt Toomua, Scott Sio, Christian Lealiifano, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, Amber Sherlock, Rebecca Vallance, Scott and Alina Barlow, Jacqueline Perrett & Kelvin Ho, Donny Gallea, Erin Holland, Elyse Knowles, Julie Stevanja and Troy Tindill.

A first-timer to a UFC match? & what an extraordinary study in pop culture!


I am being incredibly honest here.

To watch humans attempt to basically bash the crap out of each other, kick them in the head, then continue to bash them, all in an octagon-shaped cage isn’t exactly the idea of everyone’s viewing pleasure.

I am writing this as a first-timer to a live, pay-for-view sport whose popularity has risen exponentially, particularly since the arrival of dynamic, former US judo Olympic medalist, Ronda Rousey.

But hang on. The undefeated champion, who was expected to win the title, actually lost.

Ronda was expected to claim the bantamweight UFC (Universal Fighting Championships) title in a matter of minutes when she was up against Holly ‘daughter of a preacher man’ Holm.

But stats, odds, hearsay and form don’t always go to plan.

And how fortunate it was to be sitting right behind the Holm family — dad, brothers, best friends and cheer squad. Their excitement was akin to winning Powerball. They jumped, they clapped, they smiled, they went wild, they kissed even us, seated behind them before happily posing for snaps as soon as their ‘girl’ beat the champ.

No. There was no ‘tap-out’ to determine the fight’s outcome — that’s the UFC equivalent of saying ‘enough is enough’, ‘I’m done’ or ‘get the hell off me’ — but instead a TKO (technical knock out) that saw UFC star Ronda floored out of the match in the second round, out of a potential 5-round match.

The thing that initially aroused my interest in Rousey, in every interview I’d read and watched was her extreme and brilliant strength, her total dedication, her confidence and total domination.

Ronda wears that confidence and a seemingly 24/7 drive to be the best, just like a beacon. But tonight that confidence was dealt a severe slow. So much so, that she had to go to hospital after the match.

A UFC match is basically no-holds-barred — and by no-holds-barred, it is exactly that. One match has been known to last 14 seconds. With a broken bone or something in there somewhere.

And no matter about this loss, as far as poster women are for sport, Ronda Rousey is still at the top of that ladder, globally.

As far as a pop culture icon goes, there is no-one at the moment that has piqued the interest, respect and following Ronda Rousey commands. No matter how much damage is inflicted on themselves or on their opponents.

But now, there looks to be a new queen.

As soon as I mentioned I had been invited to watch Ronda Rousey contend her title with Holly Holm, the eyes of friends either lit up like beacons. Or stared at me with total and utter disbelief.

“You want to watch people bash the crap out of each other?” some of them said.

You know what? No, I don’t.

That was certainly not my rationale for going, when I was invited as a guest of Reebok, who sponsor Ronda and the global UFC.

(For a serious sports account of the match you will go elsewhere on our website for that) but as for me, this is purely a first hand, first time experience account, particularly for a person who has been vaguely dismissive and sceptical of what has become one of the world’s most in p-demand and hottest watched sports.

While wrestling may be a big choreographed stage show, a UFC match is a combo of judo, of wrestling, of boxing, and of kickboxing.

Basically, it encapsulates every form of martial arts with quite a lot of head bashing in between.

Watching a few matches Sunday afternoon, followed by the Rousey/Holm match was as riveting and exhilarating as it was nerve-racking. And it was mighty brutal.

It is watching-through-your-fingers stuff. It is not for the faint-hearted. In fact, it is NOT for everyone at all. I was hesitant about even going.

Etihad stadium in Melbourne was packed — over 60,000 people — a world record in UFC land with the entire stadium full of LED lights — the most any ‘gig’ has seen in Australia.

The entire day was full of matches but most were there for one thing only — to see the Ronda/Holly rumble.

The whole UFC thing is part of 21st Century pop culture. And pop culture encompasses a lot. The fan base, the followers, the groupies, the vibe in the room totally astounded me.

As the main ‘female’ match approached, it actually made me feel a bit stressed.

The vibe, the buzz and electricity in the room had my heart beating at double speed.

Sure, it was exhilarating, exciting and fascinating but boy, I don’t think I could ever go through watching a match every week.

The blood, the major cuts, the swollen eyes, the punches to the head, the potential of broken bones and the near, sheer beyond human-physicality of it makes you feel anxious. And man, that was just me as a mere audience member.

You have to hand it to them: UFC fighters are in a class of its own. Strong, confident, daring, proud.

I felt a mega touch of The Wrestler meets Rumble In The Jungle.

But here, there were no absolutely holds barred.

And that is the scary thing.

I can only reiterate, that UFC matches are not for everyone. But if you want to see sports people with strength like Samson and determination like (some) kids doing their end-of-year exams, this is the experience for you.

Even if you to watch it between gritted teeth, clenched fists and with your hands constantly over your eyes.

Continue the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @melissahoyer.

Melissa Hoyer was a guest of Reebok Australia to the UFC193 in Melbourne.

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