Restaurateur, businessman and celebrity chef Luke Mangan runs 19 restaurants with 700 staff members and boasts a culinary empire that extends across land, sea, air and rail. In Beer with an Entrepreneur #2 we meet Luke to hear his entrepreneurial story.

Luke Mangan earned his first chef’s hat in 1995 at Hotel CBD in the centre of the Sydney business district and four years later opened Salt in nearby Darlinghurst, achieving rapid success as the capital rode the 2000 Olympics boom.

Yet it was the acclaimed Salt that almost brought him down – and taught him some tough business lessons…