Le Cordon Bleu Master, Chef Samantha Gowing

Category Archives of : About


Byron Bay gets The Healing Feeling

After a whirlwind book tour that took us to Bali, Melbourne (twice!) onto Sydney and home to Byron, “The little red book that could” has been well received across land and sea. Here’s a few snaps and snippets of media, radio and the Byron Bay book launch at St. Elmo last week. Tune into Melbourne […]


The sceptic’s guide to healthy eating

Can healthy food be fun? Great to chat with Dani Valent who rounded up fellow food-lovers to find the fun side of eating well for The Age, Epicure 24/9/13. Original article here. Top photo: Steven Stewart. Obviously, I want to be healthy. If I’m sick, how am I going to get to restaurants, sit up straight […]


Becoming a Woman of Influence

It feels as though I have barely had an original motivating thought or idea for about a month and this is certainly reflected in my blogging life. In hindsight however, this is not really true as my focus has been on birth the Whole Happiness™ initiative which I will launch at the forthcoming Sustaining Women […]


Quinoa – The Queen of Seeds

I was first introduced to quinoa when I commenced my nutritional studies at the Melbourne College of Natural Medicine (now Endeavour College) in 1999. It was terribly hard to source then and even harder to pronounce! I was fascinated by its health claims and spent many a month experimenting with it. Much to my delight […]


Why I am a Wellness Warrior?

So my great mate Jess aka The Wellness Warrior and co-host at Healthtalks TV asked me, well a few poignant and heavy questions the other day. One is so hardcore I had to share it with you and I’m sure she won’t mind me re-posting them. You can read more of the “WHY” as I just […]


healthtalks TV

The wait is over,  here’s the healthiest thing you’ll see all day! Welcome to healthtalks TV Since we first mentioned our plans a few weeks back, on all of our blogs and on the Face Book page, there’s been a lot of speculation and comment from many of you about where we might be seen, […]


For the Good of Your Health

By Kay O’Sullivan, SMH Traveller Read more about Cabarita Ocean Retreat  Australia is to get a new health retreat with the opening of the Cabarita Ocean Retreat at Casuarina in northern NSW scheduled for the end of September. Overseeing operations is Brook Ramage, who was the general manager of Queensland’s Golden Door Health Retreat for 17 years. Ramage […]


Turning Health Into Wealth

“It is my pleasure to introduce Samantha Gowing.   A talented woman, Sam has proven skills and expertise as a Nutritionist she is a wonderful Chef and is an excellent business woman.  She is rare talent who will tantalise your tastebuds, educate your mind, develop your business acumen and delight your clients.  Enjoy!” Sharon Kolkka, […]


Counter Culture

On September 24th 1990 I became a publican. I was 24 years old and the new licensee of the historic Grace Darling hotel on Smith Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s Collingwood. One week later the Collingwood Football Team won the Grand Final. History had been made. Read more about restaurants and pubs By Kay O’Sullivan, […]


Eastern Grill Meets Western Girl

Travels through Asia and the USA have played an important part in my culinary inspiration. Of greatest significance has been the age-old Eastern schools of thought including the traditional and macrobiotic cuisine of Japan, the ceremonial banquets of the Balinese and regional Indonesian food, the Chinese dietetics of the Yin and Yang, and the Ayurvedic wisdom […]


Death of a Salesman

My father thoroughly his enjoyed life…. until he realized that it was causing his death. After his cancer diagnosis, he endeavoured to give up cigarettes, food, wine, women, fast cars, bars … and cigars! It was too late, and by the time he died in 1991, at the age of 62, nearly every cell in […]