Celebrities & Experts

Some of the best culinary stars and experts will be at the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show!

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Matt Moran

Matt Moran

Having spent over 30 years in the food industry, written numerous best-selling cookbooks, and been the tour de force behind some of Australia’s most celebrated dining establishments, it’s safe to say that the award-winning Matt Moran is a food icon. He started his career at 15 years of age, discovering the art of classical French cooking- something that remains the foundation of his cooking today. A pioneer of the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, he is passionate about fresh, seasonal produce. He is a fifth-generation farmer with a true love of the land, and his NSW farm supplies premium lamb and beef to his restaurants.

Miguel Maestre

Miguel Maestre

Having worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard who has made Sydney his home. At 27, he was the head chef of ‘Number One’, for the godfather of Australian cuisine Tony Bilson. After meeting Ferran Adria from the best restaurant in the world ‘El Bulli’, he opened the biggest Spanish restaurant in Australia – ‘El Toro Loco’. TV appearances include TEN’s The Living Room, Boys Weekend, and Miguel’s feasts. He is also the author of two best-selling Spanish cookbooks.

Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan is instantly recognisable as a chef and TV personality and of course one of the trio of judges on MasterChef. Gary has been in the business for over thirty years, trained in some of London's best kitchens and has been running his own highly successful restaurants and catering & events company in Melbourne for 15 years. He is the ultimate foodie, passionate, informative, a natural teacher. He is an advocate for local, seasonal, fresh and most of all, home cooked food. His philosophies encompass a balanced and healthy outlook on life, along with a joy of preparing, sharing and eating great food. He has authored 4 books, written food magazines and food columns, starred in 3 TV series and is about to launch his new series Far Flung with Gary Mehigan. The ultimate food tourist who loves to travel, unearth the best of the countries he visits, and indulge in his love of motorbikes along the way.

Silvia Colloca

Silvia Colloca

Silvia launched her incredibly popular cooking series ‘Made in Italy’ in 2014 on SBS following on from her successful blog and cookbooks ‘Silvia’s Cucina’ and 'Made in Italy'. The series saw her visiting regions of Italy close to her heart to rediscover authentic ‘peasant cuisine’ and create meals with local produce available in Australia. An accomplished Italian opera singer and actress, Silvia has appeared in numerous movies, TV series and performance venues in both Australia and overseas. Based in Sydney, she is passionate about sharing the fresh, healthy side of Italian food.

Sammy & Bella Jakubiak

Sammy & Bella Jakubiak

Sisters Sammy and Bella are your best friends in the kitchen. The fun and passionate home cooks inspire people to rediscover their family food traditions, be creative in the kitchen with their everyday recipe ideas, and share the joy of food with people they love. As the 2011 My Kitchen Rules winners, the dynamic duo keep busy with their catering businesses Sammy’s Burger Bar and Bella’s Feast.

Alastair McLeod

Alastair McLeod

A much-loved chef and TV personality, Alastair was born in Ireland, classically trained in Europe, and has chosen to make Brisbane his home. His experience in the kitchen is extensive; he’s worked at Michelin-listed, high-profile and fine dining restaurants across the world. Alastair regularly writes for Brisbane News, presents on Channel Seven’s Queensland Weekender and Network TEN’s Ready Steady Cook, and he is frequently heard on ABC Radio. He recently launched Al’FreshCo, a catering company. Alistair is an ardent supporter of all things local, believing the closer you are to the source of your food the better it will taste and the smaller the carbon footprint you will create.

Kirrily Waldhorn

Kirrily Waldhorn

Kirrily, aka Beer Diva, has spent 15 years working in beer. She has appeared on radio, TV, press and on stage at the Sydney Opera House, talking about everything from the ancient history of beer to beer gastronomy and busting beer myths (and there are plenty of those). She has trained at Ballarat University in Brewing & Malting, and judged at The Australian International Beer Awards and the Great British Beer Festival in London. Her company, Beer Diva, has hosted over 500 corporate and public events and also runs a bar staff training program. She is the Editor of BeerStyle.com.au and also the Vice President of Australia’s Pink Boots Society, supporting women in the beer industry.

Nick Haddow

Nick Haddow

Founder of Bruny Island Cheese Co., Nick will be co-presenting the cheese masterclasses. Widely regarded as one of the best cheese makers in Australia, he is also an author, educator, media presenter and cheese judge. He has won many fellowships, awards and grants, including a Churchill Fellowship; is a regular judge at the British, New Zealand and Hobart Cheese Awards; and co-stars in the television show Gourmet Farmer. Nick is passionate about the importance of fostering artisan food and preserving the traditions of food and how it is made.

Nigel Weisbaum

Nigel Weisbaum

With over two decades of experience in the global spirits, events and hospitality industries, Nigel brings both a professional edge and creative mind to Archie Rose. Nigel’s early career saw him developing his knowledge of fine spirits and bartending through his work across bars including Salsa, Henry J Bean’s, TGI Fridays and Smollensky’s. Instrumental in developing and implementing brand strategies for Campari, Grand Marnier, Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Appleton Rum and Woodford Reserve, Nigel has rightly been recognised amongst the 50 most influential industry heads by Australian Bartender Magazine. Nigel’s accolades include 2004 Winner of the Stolichnaya UKBG Cocktail Challenge – the largest cocktail competition ever held in the UK – as well as his role as the UK’s representative at the International Bartenders Association World Cocktail Championships, Las Vegas.

Nick Ryan

Nick Ryan

Nick has participated as a judge in many Australian and international wine shows and is a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial. He’s a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller Wine, Men’s Style Australia, and Adelaide’s Sunday Mail. Nick is excited by wines that are just as interesting at the fourth glass as they are at the first and would give it all up to play one game for the Port Adelaide Football Club.

Peter Nixon

Peter Nixon

Peter is the National Fine Wine Manager for Dan Murphy’s and has over 22 years’ experience in the wine and hospitality industry. This has included local and international wine show-judging, independent wine retailing, imported wine wholesaling, restaurant wine list design and training, and commercial procurement experience with both hotel groups and airlines. Born in London to parents of Australasian heritage, he became fascinated by the London wine trade after attending secondary school in England; family holidays to great European wine regions further developed this interest. Peter later studied wine marketing and also trained as a chef. Peter leads the Dan Murphy’s Wine Panel and is passionate about sharing his knowledge of wine.

Sam Whitehead

Sam Whitehead

Sam is a young social entrepreneur who after travelling the world with the intention of living a nomadic life, found his true passion for gut health in Guatemala South America. It was there that he learnt the art of fermentation and decided to make it his business. When he got back to his home Adelaide he founded Gut Feeling with his mother Angie, a healer, remedial therapist and nutritionist. Gut Feeling specializes in raw krauts, vinegars, drinks & other pro-biotic rich goodies to give you that good "Gut Feeling" using local, organic ingredients. Sam runs regular Fermentation classes in Adelaide and around Australia. His passion and generosity with his knowledge is what makes him a popular presenter in all things fermentation, from Kraut to Kombucha. See him at the Good Food School at the Show.

Rebecca Sullivan

Rebecca Sullivan

The Australian called Rebecca Sullivan "a veritable modern day Mrs Beeton." But this perhaps downplays the scope of her work as a writer, cook, TV host, sustainability advocate, food curator, aspiring farmer and social entrepreneur. Her global career in food has taken her from launching the Real Food Festival in London to working on Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, farming coffee in Uganda to teaching scientists the art of communications in the Maldives for the United Nations. 2016 is a busy year for the multi talented Sullivan with the launch of wellbeing brand Warndu which champions Australian Native food with her Aboriginal partner Damien (which in his language means to ‘Feel Good’). Brew and Broth their Aussie bone broth bar opens in September and she is also writing her second book Frugal a follow up to her first book and her third book, Cook and the Farmer, which documents farming life across Australia. See her at teaching at the Good Food School at the Show.