Christie’s auctioneer Michael Broadbent once said, “Drinking with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilised pleasures.”
Many of our wine and food speakers are well-versed both in the kitchen and on camera. They have been participants in the hottest cooking contests in the nation and have welcomed us into their lives as they document the magic behind the transcendent meals they make.
Many of the best dishes in the world could be produced in under one hour. The finest wines?
Similarly, our wine speakers will take you on a journey through the planet’s finest wineries, walking with you as they venture amid the vines and the beauty that comes when we uncork a bottle of our favourite red or white.
Begin your shortlist below or for more information on our Speakers Bureau, call us on 1300 884 485 today.
As you hear their narratives, you will realise our chef’s desires to pass on their legacies of supremacy to the next generation. But it is not merely a matter of idealism – contests, cooking shows and books are inspiring our culinary passion.
And our nutritionist speakers will help you discover your most cherished food and drink while maintaining your health and how to relish your dishes that are prized.
New chefs have risen through the ranks of the nation’s best restaurants and favourite television shows in Australia.
Wine has followed exactly the same course. Though wineries have yet to reach the same rock star status of our favourite restaurants, their hand crafted artistry is fast becoming an essential element of social gatherings, meals and events the world over.
Carolyn Creswell, the founder of Carman's, is a perfect example that it is indeed possible to run a multinational business, and still have a healthy work-life balance. She is an inspirational leader who has achieved great success both in business, and in her home life. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. Carolyn manages to raise four kids under eight and maintain a great relationship with her husband, while at the same time growing Carman’s to be the number one muesli brand on supermarket shelves throughout Australia.
He may have been a young prodigy having completed Year 11 at just 14-years-old, enrolled in university at age 16 and become a lawyer by 21, but Adam Liaw Winner of the 2nd series of the Ch10 hit series MasterChef, will tell you taking out the title was one of his proudest moments. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. On the 25th July 2010 watched by over 4.2 million people, Adam completed a grueling round of finale tests to finish a close 4 points ahead of his opponent and mate Callum Hahn. Relief and shock flooded his face as he came to realize that success was so much sweeter when it came from achieving something you are truly passionate about.
As an accredited nutritionist and lifestyle speaker, Catherine Saxelby is an expert on healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. She is recognized at a national level for her expertise in health, wellness, nutrition and energy! Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. She is a lively and motivating speaker on healthy eating – one who understands the demands of today’s busy world, constant change and lack of time. She specializes in action-packed, energy-charged sessions designed to add more zest, zing and zip to your life!
Jennifer Adams doesn't do things by halves! She's travelled the world extensively carving out a career as a presenter, director/producer and MC in both the Australian and International stage for the past 15 years. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. After a successful career with Network Seven, Jen Adams took the leap of faith to pursue her dream of producing the Travel Series Places We Go. She founded her production Eve Media and has been enjoying the success of hosting and producing her much loved show on Network Ten and Discovery Travel and Living Australasia, along with many other documentaries and TV specials for major networks.
When MasterChef Series 1 contestant, Chris Badenoch served up Duck Neck Sausage, Roasted Pigs Head and Beeramisu to millions of people in lounge rooms across Australia, he knew he was taking a risk. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. Fortunately, the judges absolutely loved the meal, not only for its great flavours but for the story that it told about Chris’ food philosophy. More importantly, the meal resonated with millions of Australians and put old fashioned, traditional cuts and cooking methods back on the menu.
Katie Quinn Davies began her career as a graphic designer; then in 2009 decided to refocus her creative energies on food photography, and What Katie Ate, the blog, was born. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. Katie develops, cooks, styles and shoots each recipe for her blog. What Katie Ate has since become an internet phenomenon, with a huge readership both in Australia and the United States.
Alex Davis is a qualified nutritionist, an accredited health coach and a successful model. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. As a former gymnast, Alex has always valued her health and fitness. In 2006, Alex pursued her passionate interest in Nutrition at Melbourne’s Deakin University, where she recently obtained her Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition. To complement her degree, Alex also received accreditation as a Health Coach from Health Coaching Australia (HCA).
For celebrity chef, television presenter, author, and brand ambassador Ben O’Donoghue, cooking is a passion and a reflex. It's something he's done since childhood and it never ceases to give him pleasure or stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive and technically and culturally correct.
Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. Ben shares his love of cooking, local produce and passion for the industry with television viewers through his cooking shows, readers through his cookbooks and soon to be patrons in his new eatery due to open in Brisbane early 2013.
Kate has loved cooking for almost as long as she can remember! Growing up she loved helping her Nanna to crumb lamb cutlets, she invited her parents to her 'restaurant' in their dining room and her chosen work experience at age fifteen was in the kitchen of a fine dining restaurant. Little did she know then that one day she would take out the title of Masterchef 2011! Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. Since winning the hit television competition Kate has written her first cookbook The Sweet Life, and countless other recipes for food festivals, magazine publications, cooking demonstrations around the country and corporate advertising campaigns.
Stefano Manfredi is one of Sydneys most celebrated chefs. He has influenced the way we eat in Sydney since he first opened The Restaurant in 1983 (renamed The Restaurant Manfredi in 1993) which won the coveted Sydney Morning Herald three hat award in 1994. Areas of speciality include Food & Wine Speakers. bel mondo opened in 1996 and was immediately showered with awards including the Insegna del Ristorante from the Italian Government. In 1998 and 1999, bel mondo was awarded American Express Best Sydney City Restaurant, also winning Best NSW Restaurant in 1999.