Are you, or someone you love in crisis? Don't be another casualty of the hospitality industry. Get... Off the Hotplate
  • Under massive stress and worried you'll crack?
  • Pressure cooker kitchens and no help?
  • Tried giving up addictions but still struggling?
  • Dreading the thought of work today?

We can change that right now. Get the mental management skills you can use anywhere, anytime that will put you in control. Tap into our resources and get your life back.       We're here. For you.

Chef, owner, manager, staff, front of house, back of house?

This solution is for you: 

A proactive, dynamic approach that throws out the old, “listen and see me next week” counselling, the pointless questions with no answers and delivers on-line, short sharp sessions tailored to you -    the help you need when you need it!

What is Off the Hotplate? Short Course Programs - on line!

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.  And if you need it confidential - you've got it!

Check our testimonials - these methods work!

"Lalita's ... Fast EFT has given me a peace, clarity, balance and freedom that I have not experienced in any other practice." Jo

"Pain goes, tasks are more easily achieved and best of all happiness enters like a warm ray of sunshine, it feels like you inhabit a different and better life." K. Linnell

"I am in control of my alcohol use, more in control of my life and have hope for the future." Bruce


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

Our facilitators will be with you every step of the way. Their methods may be different but the results will astound you. 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.


"I had 10 successful restaurants as owner/chef and 25 years in blasting hot kitchens. Burn out became a boomerang and I fell out of love with cooking, and the industry. 

Then I started seeing the suicide rate, the burn out rate, the collateral damage of high pressure on families and society as a whole and decided we needed a solution. Not just talk lines or questions with no answers, but real solutions - teaching people those emotional management skills that are tragically missing in everyone's education. 

Off the Hotplate was born, and I was reborn with a drive to bring this to an industry and people who deserve better." ~ Chris

These methods work. So what's stopping you? 

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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