Hinterland Feijoas | Profile Magazine

When Sally Hookey suggested she and partner Peter Heineger turn the sod on a feijoa farm on the Sunshine Coast, Peter hadn’t even tasted the fruit. Now, the first certified organic feijoa growers in Australia are staunch members of the local farming community, dedicated to seeing it thrive.

OzHarvest Sunshine Coast | Profile Magazine

With a background in international aid and development, Michele Lipner redirected her purpose to launch OzHarvest Sunshine Coast in August 2014. She and her team of volunteers have since prevented 200,000 of excess quality food going to landfill, instead redistributing it to feed people in need.

Noosa Earth | Profile Magazine

If you’re tucking into a mushroom breakfast this morning, while sipping a cup of coffee, chances are you have never thought about the correlation between the two. But in one of the latest initiatives to combat the war on waste, Simon Jones is using spent coffee grounds to produce oyster mushrooms, all grown out of shipping containers on an urban block in Noosa.

Alejandro Cancino | Profile Magazine

He has worked in the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants and won Michelin stars and Chef’s Hats. Now, Alejandro Cancino is bringing his esteemed talent and passion for produce to the Sunshine Coast as our regional food ambassador.

Lee Holmes | Profile Magazine

Eight years ago, while working at the ABC in Sydney, Lee Holmes suddenly fell ill and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Her hair was falling out, her skin crawled with hives and she dropped from a healthy 58kgs to 40kgs in just six weeks. Little did she know, it was all related to her gut-health.

Chilli Festival | Profile Magazine

Do you tear up at the thought of the Crying Tiger? Or are you as brazen as they come and bite into a Carolina Reaper without batting an eyelid? It’s time to put your taste buds to the test at the hottest foodie festival on the Sunshine Coast, as Olivia Sainsbury serves up the annual Hot 91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival.

Tilly Sproule | Profile Magazine

Tilly Sproule is Australia’s top female barista and is using her position on the dais to not only connect coffee drinkers with the origins of their favourite brew, but also to encourage more barista sistas to join her on the national stage, where they can really let off some steam.

Holly Ryan | Profile Magazine

Creating modern-day heirlooms is at the forefront of Holly Ryan’s mind, not only because of the sentimental value of her jewellery and sculptures, allowing her designs to transcend time, but also to maximise the sustainable and ethical ethos, which is at her very core.

Shannon Bennett | Profile Magazine

Shannon Bennett pays homage to classical fine dining in a modern context, having altered his approach in the kitchen from heavy European influence, to more of a celebration of what’s on our doorstep. As MasterChef’s 10th season draws to a close, we chat to the esteemed chef mentoring the contestants to crowning glory.

The Milk Pantry | Profile Magazine

When Jess Beveridge was breastfeeding her three babes, she struggled. Plagued with mastitis and a fluctuating milk supply, Jess found solace in a homemade batch of lactation cookies. Now, Jess is helping other mums through her business, which has been recognised with the Sunshine Coast Business Award for sustainability.

Colin Fassnidge | Profile Magazine

Colin Fassnidge knows a thing or two about drumsticks – and I’m not talking about the poultry kind. The Dublin-born celebrity chef, known for his bold take on nose-to-tail cooking, also has a penchant for drumming, to the extent he almost made a name for himself as a musician instead.

Box Brownie | Profile Magazine

Having entered the real estate photography market in the era of film, Brad Filliponi has not only seen the industry grow into the digital age, he and his business partner Mel Myers are driving the next generation with an innovative concept gaining worldwide traction.

Compass Institute | Profile Magazine

Having a disability, doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze the best out of life – just ask 27-year-old Sarah Fitzpatrick, who is a shining example that all you need is to find your bearings. Enter Compass Institute, the local charity empowering young people to live the life they’re not only capable of, but one they deserve.

Your Mates Brewing Co. | Profile Magazine

The foodie industry on the Sunshine Coast is booming, and fostering that growth is GrowCoastal, the region's first food accelerator supporting the most innovative food and beverage operators on the Coast. Ahead of the launch of this year’s program in April, we catch up with GrowCoastal alumni Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry of Your Mates Brewing Co.