- Amanda McInerney, Lambs Ears and Honey (Co-Chair)
- Christina Soong-Kroeger, The Hungry Australian (Co-Chair)
- Kirsty Smith, The Apprentice Foodie (Secretary)
- Erin Brooks, She Cooks She Gardens
- Alex Prichard, Eating Adelaide
- Natasha Stewart, Playing House
- Celeste Wong, Travelling in Mary Janes
Amanda McInerney, Lambs Ears and Honey
Amanda began writing Lambs’ Ears and Honey, a blog with a strong focus on seasonal, local, regional food and food security/politics in January of 2010, after graduating from the University of Adelaide’s Le Cordon Bleu course with a Graduate Certificate in Gastronomy – where she returns each year as a guest of Barbara Santich’s to address the Food Writing students.
Amanda and her blog have been featured in The Advertiser, Adelaide Matters and Sumptuous Magazine. She was the South Australian author of Touchdown – Adelaide for Tiger Tales, Tiger Airlines magazine (until they ceased flying here) and authored features for them. She has also been published in Smart Farmer, writes online food/cooking book reviews for Boomerang Books – an online bookstore, and this year produced the South Australian restaurant round-up in the Brisbane Good Food Guide.
She has worked widely with regional South Australian food and wine groups, iconic South Australian food producers and their various marketing arms, the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market and national food production groups (e.g Meat & Livestock Association, Australian Mushroom Growers). Amanda is a passionate advocate for and authority on all aspects of SA food and those behind the scenes who produce it.
Christina Soong-Kroeger, The Hungry Australian
Christina began her blog, The Hungry Australian, in mid 2011 to document her pursuit of a delicious life. Blogging been an amazing journey and she is incredibly grateful for all the friends, experiences and opportunities it has brought into her life.
The Hungry Australian has been profiled by Yummly, Sumptuous and Foodista, while Christina’s recipes and food photography have been featured on GourmetLive, Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn, and The Hoopla. Her food photography regularly appears on Tastespotting, Tasteologie, Foodgawker and Serious Eats’ Photograzing, too.
Three of Christina’s recipes from The Hungry Australian will also appear on the ABC’s updated Foodie app for iPad alongside recipes by Simon Bryant, Maggie Beer, Bill Granger, Matt Moran and Poh Ling Yeow.
When she is not blogging, Christina is a freelance writer, consultant, recipe developer and photographer. You can check out her portfolio site if you like.
Christina has written about food, dining out, lifestyle, entertainment, and the arts for Sumptuous, Gram, Honest Cooking, The China Daily, That’s Shanghai, SH Weekly, Arts Hub, Rip It Up, dB and On Dit. She is currently the Australian & New Zealand food expert for About.com (part of the New York Times Company) and produces eight recipes, articles and reviews for Australianfood.about.com each month. She has also worked with Ocean Spray, Mushroom Growers Australia, and Cibo Espresso.
In a previous life Christina ran the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Kirsty Smith, The Apprentice Foodie
Kirsty started writing her blog approximately one year ago as a way to flex her creative writing muscles about something she was passionate about – cooking.
She works full time in Communications and Marketing so fitting in time for cooking and blogging has been a challenge, but one that she enjoys and is determined to continue.
When she started her blog she had recently become a vegetarian and was turning to blogs for meal inspirations. She decided she would start documenting her own kitchen creations, particularly to show her friends and family that being vegetarian doesn’t have to mean eating boring food!
For her, having a blog is a personal endeavor and the best way to document her lifestyle transition.
Kirsty’s blog has been featured on FoodBlogs.com and Wellsphereas a top health blogger.
Erin Brooks, She Cooks She Gardens
Erin’s passion is food; namely where it comes from and what we do with it. She is a keen gardener with an ever improving green thumb and a regular market goer. She is a vegetarian (but please don’t hold that against her).
Erin writes regularly over at ‘she cooks, she gardens’ about her adventures in the vegie patch and her exploits in the kitchen. She has also recently started writing restaurant reviews after some gentle prodding from supporters.
Her blog started out as a fun way to share recipes with friends and family about 18 months ago and has blossomed into something so much more. She has an engaged group of followers and use social media to promote her own work and that of those she admires. As a result she has been enjoying growing levels of support and interest in her work, and is currently receiving between 3-4,000 hits a week from readers spread right across the globe. Her work has been featured on Tastespotting, Foodgawker, Healthy Aperture and Finding Veganand she has over 1,200 regular subscribers.
Recently, Erin worked with chef Mel Haynes from ‘The Food. The Science. The People.’, running a ‘locavore’ cooking class for people interested in learning more about local produce and vegetarian food. The event was a sell out and received great feedback.
Sumptuous magazine has described her blog as ‘inspirational’ and throughout the month of July she worked with the Australian Mushroom Growers Association as part of Mushroom Mania month.
Alex Prichard, Eating Adelaide
Alex Prichard has been writing eatingadelaide.com since 2009 and blogging about food since 2006. When she lived in the UK she wrote eatingleeds.co.uk, which was one of Leeds’ first food blogs.
On returning to Australia the name had to change! While in the UK she completed the Le Cordon Bleu/University of Adelaide Professional Certificate in Gastronomy on a Sumptuous scholarship.
A keen interest in wine lead to the completion of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) level 2 and 3 awards and at level 3 she won the A A Calem Port Award. She now runs her own wine education business, Wine Academy, teaching WSET courses at levels 1 and 2.
Alex was a Lorenzo Galli scholar in 2011, and taken part in the Negociants Australia Working with Wine programme (2012) and the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course.
Alex has written for SBS’s Feast magazine and is a regular guest on Peter Godfrey’s radio show on 5AA, discussing food and wine.
Eating Adelaide provides Alex with a vehicle for recording culinary successes and excesses, always accompanied by good wine.
Natasha Stewart, Playing House
Natasha has been properly blogging for just over two years, but started her blog Playing House in late 2011. It’s all about eating out, baking up late, and entertaining.
As well as blogging she writes and edits for online newsletter WeekendNotesand owns a small cupcake and cake business, The Cupcake Table.
She’s also commenced her Advanced Diploma of Hospitality specialising in Patiesserie at the Regency International Centre.
Celeste Wong, Travelling in Mary Janes
Travelling in Mary Janes tells a story of a girl who put on a pair of Mary Janes and travelled the world to find the best food, the best experiences and the best recipes.
Though the shoes seem to have made a stop in Melbourne and now Adelaide, the story is still ongoing as the girl tries in vain to stop herself from falling in love with Adelaide and its amazing food and wine fairytale. The girl is Celeste Wong and she is a teacher by day. An avid educator at heart, she firmly believes that there is always knowledge to be shared and to be learnt every single day.
Her stories at Travelling in Mary Janes do not only depict the tastiest of dishes that she finds on her travels, but also aim to educate her readers on the more subtle beauties of life that surrounds us everyday. The sparkle of passion in a chef’s eyes as he speaks of his dishes; the creativity of the experimenter who creates the most bizarre desserts; the heartwarming feeling you get from the most rustic of stews and much, much, more is what Celeste aims to convey to you through her words and her photographs.