I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and spent much of my childhood surrounded and inspired by the eclectic delights cooked by my mother. Fresh from school and just seventeen years old, I earned a coveted apprenticeship at the award winning The Watermark Restaurant in Sydney. From this beginning, I went on to become the Executive Chef at a number of restaurants including the acclaimed Banyan Tree Resort in Indonesia.
Transitioning from the heat and pressure of restaurant kitchens, I quickly become a television fixture in 2003 by co-hosting Dining Downunder with Vic Cherikoff.
My personality is quite evident in the taste of my cuisine, which features indigenous Australian ingredients carefully paired with accessible ingredients from around the home. My recipes often appear in major international newspapers and leading food magazines throughout the world. When not traveling abroad, I am a culinary judge for Le Cordon Bleu at the Sydney Culinary Arts Institute or a freelance writer for Chef Magazine. And I also writing a new book called Kitchen Profitability!