Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for over twenty-five years. She has boundless enthusiasm for Australian agriculture with comparable knowledge of food and wine producers, industry stalwarts and trends. Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, eight best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine.
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Lyndey Milan is one of Australia’s most recognised food, wine and lifestyle personalities with a career spanning over 25 years across most TV and radio networks and publishing houses.
Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted no less than four television series. Her latest focused on Christmas cooking; covering both a traditional feast as well as a more modern, contemporary Christmas menu. Both appeared on LifeStyle FOOD and New Zealand Food TV in December 2012. Her other series include: Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast, co-hosted with spice king Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill; Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland where she explores the lush food, characters and countryside of the Emerald Isle; and Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece which follows Lyndey and her late actor son and co-host Blair on a tour of the Peloponnese seeking culinary delights and adventure. All have been seen by an international audience.
Lyndey is a popular regular guest on the Nine Network’s Morning Show and was previously co–host of Fresh for over eight years. Lyndey contributes to Selector Magazine, a quarterly publication for food and wine enthusiasts after over ten years at ACP including as Food Director of The Australian Women’s Weekly.
She has published eight books including Lyndey Milan, the Best Collection, Just Add Spice (co-authored with Ian Hemphill) and Balance, Matching Food and Wine, What Works and Why (with Colin Corney) which won Best Food and Wine Writing at the 2006 Australian Food Media Awards. The book to accompany Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece is her eighth.
In 2011 Lyndey won The Vittoria Legend Award at the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide 2012 awards and was named as a state finalist in the Hudson Private and Corporate Sector Award category of the Telstra Business Women's Awards.
Lyndey holds co-directorships of Flame Distribution, a television production company with an acquisition and distribution arm and Sydney Studio Kitchen, a purpose-built TV studio and post-production facility in Artarmon that features customised, interchangeable components and equipment, crew and other services for hire. Flame Distribution produced Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland and Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast.
In 2010 Lyndey launched the Brilliant Cut Knife, the first time she has put her name to a product. With world leading technology – diamonds for strength, silver for anti-bacterial properties, ceramic for sharpness and titanium for flexibility and resistance to corrosion – it is incredibly sharp and light.
As well as media appearances, books and her production company, Lyndey runs a consultancy business that includes public speaking, appearances, cooking classes and demonstrations, food and wine appreciation classes and advising food and wine clients – in fact anything to do with food, wine, agriculture and lifestyle. She is much in demand at the Sydney Seafood School, various food and wine shows and festivals, masterclasses and as a facilitator, debater, food judge and MC.
Her unflagging energy sees her as Vice President and Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. She chairs the Sydney Royal Wine Show and was formerly founding Chair of the Fine Food Committee – a committee that judges thousands of Australian products in categories including aquaculture, branded beef, branded lamb, bread, cake and pie, coffee, beer, pasta and noodle, regional food, olive oil and deli meats.
She is past President of the Australian Association of Food Professionals, Wine Communicators Australia and sat on the Tourism NSW Food and Wine Advisory Committee for a decade. She is an Ambassador for Australia Day and judges for many industry organisations and works voluntarily for various charities.
Lyndey helps raise money for many support groups, which tend to
be undervalued in the community and struggle to raise sufficient
funds to carry out their invaluable, and often unapplauded
community work. Her particular charities are:
Breast Cancer Network Australia
The Butterfly Foundation
Tasting Success (Co-founder and patron)
A background in advertising, catering, hospitality operation and the media, has made Lyndey a keen observer of food, wine, dining and eating trends. In her years at The Australian Women’s Weekly, she has become attuned to anticipating trends and has, through her work had the opportunity to fully understand and appreciate orderly kitchen testing, proper systems and well–run hospitality operations. This has given Lyndey the unique opportunity to take the best from many different management systems and make them her own. She travels overseas regularly and so is cognisant of world trends.
The Australian Women’s Weekly is globally famous for its kitchen tested recipes; unusual in today’s world of fast food publishing. A best–selling cookbook author and award–winning food and wine writer, in her own right, Lyndey has developed recipes for newspapers, magazines, TV and radio, wine companies and specialist producers.
Lyndey has excellent working relationships with many local and international chefs and can help you source the right chef to match your venue, event or corporate program.
Lyndey's style is enthusiastic, energetic and fun with a ready smile and laugh which allows her to present information, technique and concepts in an entertaining yet memorable fashion.
Although her reputation has primarily been built via food and wine,
her passions, experience and knowledge extend well past
food into agriculture, art, culture and the environment. She
has also MCed extensively in the art and culture arena.
▪ Hosting and MCing at corporate and public launches, award presentations and other events
▪ Guest speaking and interviewing at industry and corporate events
▪ Debating, as either a protagonist or antagonist - Lyndey relishes the opportunity to take on the other side and has been acclaimed for being intelligent, knowledgeable, witty and fun
▪ Facilitation at conferences, workshops and team building
▪ Fun and informative cooking demonstrations at private and public events
▪ Running specialty educational programs on topics such as food and wine (or beer) matching
Lyndey Milan is an accomplished and acclaimed food and wine writer able to cover the full gambit of writing in her genre. Her experience in advertising and the media and the world of food and wine is the basis of her highly regarded expertise.
Lyndey travels overseas regularly and a keen observer of all aspects of the food, wine and travel world she is extremely perceptive allowing her stay stay fully attuned to world trends long before they become common place.
▪ Corporate including advertising and promotional material
▪ Food and Wine journalism
▪ Tasting notes for wine companies
▪ Wine options events
▪ Recipe development
▪ Cooking class and corporate bonding documentation
▪ Hospitality systems and training manuals
▪ Books about food and wine and gastro travel
▪ Editing books about food and wine