Be Fit Food, a health food delivery business that grew 1500% overnight after gaining support on Shark Tank, can add another notch to the belt after taking out the 2018 Telstra Victorian Business Awards last night in Melbourne.

Driven by high quality, fresh ingredients as the key to a healthy, balanced diet, Geoffrey Draper, a bariatric surgeon, and Kate Save, a dietitian, set out to create a product that offered their weight loss clients an alternative, nutritional solution to the popular protein shakes and health bars currently on the market.

The business provides quick and healthy, chilled or frozen meals for time-poor people and the meals have no added sugar, low salt content and plenty of vegetables.

“We are here to disrupt the diet industry, the supplement industry and the pharmaceutical industry. We believe that food is medicine and we are here to make sure that real food, whole food, is the way of the future,” said co-founder Kate Save.

The judges were impressed by Be Fit Food’s financially astute strategy for expansion, from start-up to serious competitor of major brands in the home-delivered meals sector.

On top of the high-quality food they provide, Geoffrey and Kate have been able to successfully build a collaborative, flexible and supportive corporate culture, which we were impressed with.

Last night, other top performing businesses were recognised as category winners of the 2018 Telstra Victorian Business Awards:

2018 Telstra Victorian Emerging & Energised Award winner: SensumSensum provides a unique and personalised project management service to clients in the construction industry. With the business growing rapidly, they continue to expand their service offerings, including program management, prefabrication and modular construction.

2018 Telstra Victorian Medium & Making Waves Award winner: Dann Event Hire: Involved in 3,788 events in 2017 alone, this forward-thinking event hire company specialises in designing and manufacturing cutting-edge furniture, contemporary furnishings, feature lighting, hospitality equipment and marquee structures.

2018 Telstra Victorian Social Change Maker Award winner: Jean Hailes for Women’s HealthA national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women’s health throughout the various stages of their lives. Founded in 1990, the organisation reflects the enduring legacy of Dr. Jean Hailes AM, who passionately advocated for women to understand the facts about their health.

The Telstra Business Awards are an exclusive platform to help businesses thrive in the future, by providing recognition, trusted advice and by opening their doors to an exclusive network.

The program recognises the best in business across four categories: Emerging and Energised, Small and Succeeding, Medium and Making Waves, and Social Change Maker.

All 2018 Victorian winners will join other state and territory category winners at the national 2018 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

Visit the Telstra Business Awards website for further information about the winners.