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Marc Pinto

Business Owner

Tapas and Oneness.

Inspired by his late grandfather’s stories from North Borneo, Marc has travelled extensively around the world, on jungle field trips and personal expeditions to learn as much as possible about different societies, cultures and artforms.

He’s since transformed those experiences and insights into a philosophy which drives a growing portfolio of innovative and purpose-driven enterprises. In a fast paced world, Marc’s inspiration is to remind us of our older, more “primitive” nature: a fundamental need for supportive community and rich human interaction.

And so the concept of Deja Vu Tapas Restaurant was born. For some, “Deja Vu” is an eerie feeling. But for Marc the feeling that you’ve experienced something before, that you’ve met a person before, is actually very positive; it’s really us sensing our oneness, that none of us are really strangers after all.

A serial entrepreneur, internationally acclaimed tattoo artist, investor, and social advocate, Marc divides his time between various businesses and social projects around South East Asia, as well as consults entrepreneurs in Australia and abroad.

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Kittea Ukkola

Creative Director

In a buzzing world, the most connected moments still occur when sitting around a table sharing nourishment. One of the most soulful ways to express yourself and your feelings toward others is to cook your favourite food for them. And receiving that food with gratitude is still the oldest and best way to honour others and get to know them.
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It’s a good moment. So much is said without saying a word, and then so much can be said in spirited conversation. Life at it’s best.
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Kittea Ukkola’s charge is to create the kind of food and drink which inspires more of these moments to happen. It’s her philosophy that when food and drink are made from health-conscious ingredients, the body and mind are enhanced. When our bodies and minds are elevated, so also is the quality of our connections.

​Kittea is a contagious changemaker in the food and beverage industry, with three signature plant based restaurants under her belt in Australia. She continues to expand her positive influence through a portfolio of consulting work, helping others to design concepts which also dare to nourish and inspire.

Kittea is a contagious changemaker in the food and beverage industry, with three signature plant based restaurants under her belt in Australia. She continues to expand her positive influence through a portfolio of consulting work, helping others to design concepts which also dare to nourish and inspire.