When it comes to the Australian food industry, chances are that Melissa Leong has written about it, broadcast it, promoted it, been friends with it, or initiated a Twitter fight about it at some point. Starting out as a freelance food writer, she took a quick 5 year detour into restaurant PR consulting (focusing on brand management, social media strategy and trouble making). She returned to what she knows and loves best; writing, radio broadcasting, television presenting and generally shouting … [Read more...] about Melissa Leong
October 2015 - In a world of wellness information overload, fad eating trends and superfood confusion, cue Australia’s leading spa chef and award-winning clinical nutritionist Samantha Gowing. In an exclusive Melbourne event on Saturday 31 October, Sam Gowing reveals the truth about who makes a super food super! And how to super proof your supper affordably. A superfood Google search generates almost 10 million results, the majority of which are sourced from media organisations, health and … [Read more...] about MEDIA RELEASE Who Makes Superfoods Super?
ANNOUNCEMENT In the interest of wellness industry standards I'm delighted to announce that my proposal for creating a certified benchmark research project for the accreditation for the wellness industry has just been approved. This means that wellness practitioners, healthy cafes, product and multimedia developers can apply for my Gowings quality assurance seal of approval for their business in 2016. This will uplift and maintain the industry. Putting my academic energy where my heart is … [Read more...] about Wellness Industry Standards
If you owned a restaurant in Melbourne anytime in the late part of the 20th century, there was one woman who counted more than anyone. It doesn’t matter whether we’re discussing the extravagant gastronomic boom days of the 1980s or economic downturn of the 1990s Rita Erlich was that woman. You only had to say the name Rita, and everyone in the industry and in what was becoming increasingly food-obsessed public, knew whom you were talking about. That’s power in anyone’s language, or business. … [Read more...] about A good quenelle is a remarkable thing – Rita Erlich
What determines a great regional restaurant? Is it the location, produce, service or the food? Seaside dining in Australia is potentially anchored in trepidation or buoyed with optimism. An ocean of promise delivers hope that the food and service may match a breathtaking view is often dampened by shallow service or mediocre food. A bureaucracy of red tape and hefty public liability insurance levies prohibit beach dining in many parts of Australia. At best in Byron Bay, if you’re lucky, you can … [Read more...] about There’s no place like Foam
Butterflies My incredible journey into the secret life of food began in the 1970s growing up around the restaurant tables of Melbourne during the Australian gastronomic boom. These were the heady days of aristocratic establishments such as Maxims, Florentino, Fanny’s, Glo Glo’s, the old Southern Cross Hotel and The Haymarket at the Old Melbourne Motor Inn on Racecourse Road. An important restaurant you see, because this is where I ate my first prawn. Resplendent in formal black and white … [Read more...] about My Secret Life of Food – In the beginning
Jess Ainscough wasn’t just The Wellness Warrior - she was a freedom fighter. She passionately fought for truth and justice in a maze of mandatory modern medicine. Her seven-year, well-documented journey with cancer propelled her into the much-needed space of leader, pathfinder and the authentic wellness voice of a generation that is reluctant to talk about cancer, let alone acknowledge that there may be alternate strategies to thrive – for as long as it takes. Jess’ voice was loud, but never … [Read more...] about A Tribute to The Wellness Warrior Jess Ainscough
At my feet laps the mighty Ayung River grounding my cosmic self and pacifying the psychological Disneyland that is having the ride of its life in my upstairs brain. Downstairs in second brain HQ my digestive fire has gone to lunch - and nowhere remotely flash either! I am a girl who is used to feeling her chakras spinning but sadly there's not even a shimmy. Something had to be done - and fortunately for me I rekindled my spirit and reawakened my calling, thanks to a wonderful adventure in … [Read more...] about Fivelements Bali – Cuisine for Life™
If you haven't reworked the Christmas turkey yet then today is the day to pluck up the courage and lay that ol' bird to rest. After all it's been four days and nobody really wants to go cold turkey any longer. I love a good Chrissy feast however this year I found myself having a word with a 5.2 kg bird that barely fit in the oven - let alone in my belly - and has fed a few gobblers ever since Santa blew into town. That is if you believe the hype force-fed down the tube of commercial television … [Read more...] about Stock! In the name of love
As the war on diet continues to rage, here's an earlier debate I was commissioned to write in 2010. It still holds its own today - and is a precursor to how we view Paleo vs Raw vs a wholegrain diet. Fashion, fad or function? You be the judge! I would love to hear your thoughts. Are organics becoming the new Prada? The natural procession of organic foods swelling our national shelves has given rise to a new breed of health-hungry consumer. This neutralised carbon copy offsets the once … [Read more...] about Orthorexia – is it the new Prada?
This beet top tea is one of the most popular recipes one the website and in our cooking classes. The leaves are usually removed because they perish quickly, which is good practice if the root needs to be stored for a long period of time: it helps prolong its life. However, if you do find beetroot with its greens attached, that’s a clear sign of freshness, because it means they were likely picked in the last few days, and are therefore tastier and more nutritious. Source Beets have strong … [Read more...] about Gowings Famous Beet Top Tea