I was born in a mining town in South Wales and moved to Canberra, Australia at the age of four. From about that time on, I fell in love with food at my mother’s apron strings. For reasons long lost in the porridge of time I became a chef and a food critic, able to eat at the best restaurants in the land mostly at someone else’s expense. In 2008, after beginning to suspect that best produce in the land was eaten by people I’d never heard of, I moved from inner city Sydney to rural Tasmania where I breed pigs and grow brussels sprouts.


For nearly two decades I’ve been writing about food, and more recently I’ve been presenting a television show called Gourmet Farmer and in 2014, a documentary on sustainable seafood, What’s the Catch on SBS. I have also authored nine books, the most recent being my memoir, The Dirty Chef, and cookbooks The Real Food Companion and Winter on the Farm. I have also co-authored (with Ross O’Meara and Nick Haddow) The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book with another co-authored book due out in April/May 2015.


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