Giorgina Venzin

Gina Venzin

Giorgina Venzin is a young business owner making her mark firmly on the foodie scene. She owns and runs a total of 6 restaurants/cafes in Brisbane, including the hugely popular Pawpaw Cafe and Picnic Cafe. When she’s not working you can find her in the ocean or chasing thrills. Meet Gina…

Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?

I’ve always been active when I was growing up. I used to play sport every weekend and I was a sprinter in school – 100m/200m was my thing! As I was in the restaurant business from a young age I also became aware of different people’s food intolerances and diets and saw the importance of tailoring our menus to meet everyone’s needs. I also care deeply for mental wellness and help my mum with the not for profit she established called Mind Shift – The National Self Esteem Initiative.

What’s your number one wellness tip?

Enjoy food for all that it is, if you want to order an ice cream, don’t feel guilty or think about its carlories . Be in the moment and always enjoy it for what it is!

What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?

I’m pretty negotiable in all aspects of my life, but I guess being unhappy in my body is a non negotiable aspect. If I’m feeling yucky or if have put on a few kilos I have no one to blame but myself. There is no point feeling bad about it either so I always do something about it!

What motto do you live by?

Always be positive! Even when I am down I always give myself a time frame to pick myself up.  If I’m having a low day I tell myself that’s ok! However – I say I will be happy again tomorrow!

What is your proudest achievement?

Running six restaurants and cafes at one time!

Being the Youth Ambassador for Mind Shift.

And of course having a close and wonderful family.

What are your goals for the future?

My head is full of ideas everyday so my goal is now to really stay focused and have 50 pawpaw’s across Australia very soon!

Tell us something not many people know about you?

That I’m only 25 :)

And that I have a brother who I am really proud of who is the lead singer in the band Nite Fields.

Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?

Picnic Cafe’s Gluten Free Brownies



50g unsalted butter
500g sugar
100g cocoa powder
4 free range eggs
100g self raising gluten free flour

Optional add-ins:

Chocolate chips
Dried fruits
Or whatever your heart desires


Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees celsius and line a brownie tray with baking paper. Set aside. Over a double boiler on a low heat, slowly melt the butter, sugar and cocoa until smooth and shiny. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before moving onto the next step. Making sure your mixture is cool enough, add the eggs and gently incorporate everything together. Mix in the flour and make sure no lumps remain in your brownie batter. Fold through your optional add-ins. Pour batter into your lined brownie tray and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 – 30 minutes.

Where can we find you?


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