Traveller

My mum and dad arrived in Australia about a month before I was born, so you could say I’ve been travelling since year zero! I love the mind-expanding adventure of new places and, especially, connecting with them through food. You ask someone about their kebab and all of a sudden you’re hearing a tale of grandfather leading a goat over the mountains…It’s rich and deep.

I’ve worked as a travel writer, doing guidebooks for Lonely Planet and features for magazines, and I’m always planning my next adventure. Current hitlist: Sichuan, Mexico, the Mekong Delta.

Chatting The World’s Best Restaurant – Osteria Francescana on 3AW’s A Moveable Feast

I love chatting with Kate Stevenson and Ross Stevenson on 3AW's A Moveable Feast radio show. Last weekend I went in to discuss the annual list, World's 50 Best Restaurants and my 2015 experience ...

Lonely Planet

The news about Lonely Planet cutting its editorial operations in Melbourne hit me hard. Not because I work there, not even because I know people there, not anymore. But I worked at the Melbourne-based travel publisher from 1994 and more or less built a life around the company till my last travel writing job for them in 2003. Lonely Planet was fun and exciting. It trusted me with amazing travel and work opportunities, and it was while working for the company that I could first say the words I’d always wanted to: ‘I’m a writer.’

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