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The man behind Colombo Social, Kyiv Social and Kabul Social loves a cheeseburger spring roll at Ms. G’s, and a bevvy at Newtown’s Pleasure Club. Here’s where else he rates in Sydney.

Plate It Forward founder and CEO Shaun Christie-David is trying to make the world a better place through food. The social enterprise includes Kyiv Social in Chippendale, Kabul Social in the CBD and Colombo Social in Enmore, as well as the now-closed Coyoacan Social, which is making a comeback as a pop-up at Carriageworks for Vivid Sydney.

All Plate It Forward’s venues are for-purpose. They drive social change by employing and training refugees or through donating meals to people in Australia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Mexico.

From May 20, Christie-David, whose family migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka in the early 1980s, will share his deeply personal connection to his work in Australian Story on ABC iview. And in the spirit of giving back we decided to ask him where he likes to spend time in Sydney.

What do you love most about Sydney?
The diversity, the cleanliness, the innovation, the people … There’s no other city where in 15 minutes you can be in the CBD, at one of the most iconic beaches in the world, or a thriving multicultural community.

Where do you like to eat in Sydney?
Ms. G’s. Dan Hong showed that we can push the boundaries on ethnic food – that it can be cool and fun while still true to the flavours that mean so much to us. I always go back for the cheeseburger spring rolls – that was a revolutionary dish. They’ll never be able to take it off the menu.

Where do you go for coffee?
Numero Uno Coffee Roasters in St Peters. My order’s a strong macchiato, one sugar. It’s a family-run business, and seeing someone else argue with their mum while working really resonates with me. (Hi, mum!)

Where do you go when you’re trying to impress someone?
Dinner at mum’s house. After being embarrassed by my identity and culture for so long, anyone that’s important to me gets to see the real me.

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