The hospitality industry, world wide, is in crisis. We need to get... Off the Hotplate

Massive staff shortages, exploding competition, poor pay and conditions are creating a perfect storm of stress for staff and management. Off the Hotplate is a new online approach to improve emotional and mental health. 


Whether you are an owner, manager, or staff member, this is for you: 

a proactive, dynamic approach that throws out the old, “listen and see me next week” counselling!

4 Week Program

In just 1.5 hours a week for 4 weeks, you’ll be personally guided by our facilitators. The sessions are held at user friendly times, and will take you from hotplate to cool before you know it.

Industry Specific

The programs address the cultures and issues that underpin the industry, tailored to you, who keep the wheels turning. This is a vital resource for staff, owners and management.

Weekly Sessions

You'll be given techniques and strategies that make big changes for you immediately. Each week builds on the last and brings you to your point of power. 

Toolbox for Stress

You’ll have tools you can call on at any time. Dealing well with stress will become just one of your many talents.

Qualified Facilitators

Our facilitators will be with you every step of the way. While their approaches may differ, the results will astound you.


You'll have the option of follow up sessions, joining our community to stay connected and supported. Change up your life now.

What are you waiting for? Jump in! Do it! Life is great when you know how. 

What is Off the Hotplate? Short courses with practical exercises that give you the productive skills to survive the furnace. This is your toolbox, and the fact that you’re here, now, means that you’re open to having, and living, a better work life, which will flow over into all corners or your larger world. 

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.” Goethe.


Who are we and why are we here?

Rachael Downie

Rachael Downie

B.Agr. Sci. (Hons), B.Teach., M.Ed.
Results Mentor, Australian Facilitator of Thinking Into Results
Certified Consultant, Proctor Gallagher Institute


Rachael Downie is a results mentor and someone who is truly focused on converting your thinking into results. She has worked with individuals and teams, helping them to boost their quality of life at work and home, their performance and productivity. A business culture is only as happy as the people in it, and this course zeroes right in on the core issues, and how to turn a workplace around.

The course helps you by setting big worthy goals, closing your knowing-doing gaps, shifting old paradigms and forming success habits that will last a life-time. Rachael has been helping people create the life they want and fulfilling their dreams over the past 6 years.

“So often, there’s a disconnect between our emotions, and the world outside. I call it the ‘knowing/doing’ gap. Let me close that gap and get you back out to where you should be.”

Not only with a background in Education, Teaching and Consultancy, Rachael has also worked in hospitality. Since overseeing a large agricultural operation with her husband for the past 15 years, Rachael is aware of the pressures many people face in building a career or business, alongside having a family and other life commitments.

Rachael has coached and consulted at all levels with ground staff, professionals, government departments, and has a unique ability to facilitate transformative practices for growth and change at an individual and team level. She feels compelled to help everyone she meets to live their best lives, in the best way they can.

She loves nothing more than to see individuals and teams do things they didn’t think were possible.

“I want to help people set and achieve big, beautiful and bold goals. To go beyond what they thought was possible for themselves and their lives.

My biggest buzz is seeing my clients take control of their life and live their dreams”.

Join Rachael and Get… Off the Hotplate! 

Lalita Holmes

Lalita Holmes

Faster EFT Practitioner, Mental Health & Addiction Counsellor, Pain Coach


Lalita has owned and operated restaurants, catering businesses and a food manufacturing business with her husband.

She knows first hand the toll stress takes on hospitality staff. Chronic stress can be debilitating to both our mental and physical states and linked to most of life’s illnesses and diseases.

Lalita’s system of Faster Emotionally Focused Transformation is a revolutionary method that combines the best of Western therapy (modern psychology, neuroscience and brain chemistry) with traditional Eastern acupressure techniques. FEFT can help you overcome trauma, anxiety, depression,fears and phobia, addiction, relationship problems, sleep issues and much more. Faster EFT is fast, direct and goes to the root cause of the problem.

With a sound background in Addiction Counseling, and working as a Wellness Coach for over 20 years using natural health practices, Lalita's search for solutions to her own problems as well as her clients led her to embracing Meridian Tapping Faster EFT style. 

“I have a passion and commitment to help people become informed and empowered to take back control of their personal health and well-being.

Not just alleviate their suffering, but to improve their life for good.

Not just feeling better but living better consistently by being self aware, self responsible and self empowered.”

Lalita now has a practice that spans the globe. She gives presentations to organizations, holds community events and helps and supports her clients from all walks of life.  She has turned her hospitality clients’ lives around – from burn out, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and addiction.  All who are now thriving and taking back full emotional control of their lives.

Join Lalita and Get… Off the Hotplate!


Christine Matheson Green

Dip.T., B.A., Chef de Cuisine
Founder, Off The Hotplate
Creator and Reviewer, Just The Sizzle


Running a restaurant is truly a business of battle. It is always a 'theatre' and the most successful chefs are there because they understand that. And it's 'war' because the poor restaurateur, or chef, or staff are always at war with something or someone.

Christine has just launched her memoirs, Theatre of War: The Art of Running a Restaurant, where she dishes the craziness of 25 years and ten restaurants in Queensland's era of crime and the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

During her celebrated career in food she fed everyone along the Queensland coast and in Brisbane, from celebrities to crime lords and judges- it was a risky, busy life. 

Recently, Christine set up her successful food blog, Just the Sizzle to help and support the industry she loves, and to cater to an ever-growing audience of foodies spanning the globe. 

Having been written up in the USA as well as Australia, Christine knows the pressures the industry faces. Off the Hotplate is a wonderful opportunity for her to give back to the industry, and if it makes just one chef's life better, then she'll feel it succeeded. Enrol in Off the Hotplate now. 

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