Traveller | Dani Valent

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.

Su Filindeu with Leo Gelsomino

I’ll go anywhere for a food adventure – great flavours and fantastic stories have lured me to the further corners of the world. But there are brilliant food stories close to home too – Melbourne is full of passionate chefs and cooks working doggedly, carefully, emotionally to perfect dishes and honour traditions. As soon as I heard that Leonardo Gelsomino from Lello pasta bar in Melbourne had succeeded in a two-year quest to learn how to make su filindeu, the world’s rarest pasta, I knew I had to find out more.

Curtis Stone X Dani Valent Cooking Class & Collaboration Dinner

Collaborating with Curtis Stone on a cooking class and degustation dinner at his restaurant Gwen in LA was always going to be fun...but when we decided to theme our event around unique Australian ingredients, things got even more interesting!

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