BEHIND THE WORDS
I'm an award-winning freelance food, travel and lifestyle journalist.
I started writing professionally in 1990 and have been writing across a broad spectrum of subjects - food, travel, lifestyle, architecture and anything else that caught my interest, but food and travel have always been my great loves, both personally and as writing topics.
I've authored a non-fiction book, worked as a journalist in both news and features and was Food Editor at before that had a round as 'food and nutrition' reporter at The Courier Mail newspaper in Brisbane.
Between 2012 and 2016, I was Queensland Food Editor with Fairfax Media, editing the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide; newly established stablemate to The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and The Melbourne Age Good Food Guide. I also wrote weekly restaurant reviews for goodfood.com.au and The Brisbane Times, in addition to food news stories.
Publications I've contributed to over my 20-something year career include; Delicious, Traveller, The Guardian, Explore, Time Out (UK) TNT (UK) Footloose (UK) Traveller (UK) Ms London (UK) The Hampstead & Highgate Express (UK), Dateline (UK) Health, Body & Beauty, The Courier Mail, The Sunday Mail, Brisbane News, The Herald Sun, Brisbane Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Virgin in-flight Magazine, The Sun Herald, Qantas Magazine, Qantas Spirit Magazine, Singapore Airlines Magazine, Malaysian Airlines Magazine, Korean Airlines Magazine, Audi Magazine, Vacations & Travel Magazine, Indulge Magazine, Jetstar in-flight Magazine, Selector Magazine, West End Magazine, goodfood.com.au, Travelinsider, taste.com.au, visitbrisbane.com.au, queensland.com and lots more.
As a restaurant reviewer, I've eaten and written for: The Brisbane News Magazine, The Courier Mail Food & Wine Guide, Australian Gourmet Traveller Food and Wine Guide, The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide, The SMH Good Food Guide, goodfood.com.au, and "Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery" guide, and was Australian/Pacific editor of Phaidon's Where Chefs Eat.
I am often commissioned by agencies to copy write and have written everything from food copy to tourism copy.
I've recently discovered podcasting (the doing, not the listening) and enjoy interviewing and producing my travel and food podcast ExtraVirgin.
In my spare time, when I'm not half-heartedly attending the gym, I love travelling to slightly off-beat locations, freestyle cooking and occasionally leading tours to introduce food lovers to artisan producers and farmers.
5 More Things About Me
A food I Ioathe is... green capsicum.
My most memorable trip was.... Chilean Patagonia, equal first with a South African and Zimbabwean safari trip
My death-row meal would be... linguine with white truffles and a bottle of Barolo (yes, the whole bottle). My mum's plum pudding and custard for desert.
My worst habit is... procrastibaking
My bucket list destination is... Greenland.