Welcome

I'm a freelance food and travel journo and full-time editor based in Melbourne, Australia.

The media love affair started way back in my teens, where much of my time (and all of my pocket money) was spent hosting a punk rock radio show, interviewing bands and producing my own 'zine on my dad's office photocopier.

During my twenties I dove deep into hospo world – travelling the world for culinary inspo and treading the boards at top restaurants in Australia and London . When the late nights started to lose their shine I hung up my waiter's friend and apron to write about food instead of carrying it around.

I now review restaurants and hotels for Australia's most respected guides and write feature articles, travel stories and industry news for a range of leading food and travel publications. 

I'm the resident food columnist at Australian Traveller and my work appears in Good FoodBroadsheet, SBS Food, Australian Traveller, The Age Good Food GuideGourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide and more. I am the author of Herb Lester's An Appetite For Melbourne and the Food Editor of the Monocle Travel Guide, Melbourne, which was released in April 2018.

I'm a proud Ambassador for two organisations: Scarfa social enterprise that provides hospitality training and mentoring for young people from Melbourne's migrant and refugee communities; and Sacred Heart Mission's annual Dine With Heart fundraising campaign, which helps to feed over 400 needy and vulnerable people every day.