Lyndey Milan OAM, a familiar face on television and in print, has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think about food and wine for over 30 years via her own nine best-selling cookbooks, nine TV series and influence as former Food Director of the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly. She is an award-winning multi-media presenter, MC, speaker, food & wine teacher, consultant, debater, judge and regional Australian specialist who makes numerous TV & culinary appearances. She has an ability to connect with all audiences.
Lyndey was also Creative Director of Flame Media, an international TV Production and Distribution Company with offices around the world and Flame Studio in Sydney. She is also Food Editor of a new, positive website Happy Ali News, with an impressive line-up of global contributors sharing seriously happy news. In 2021 she completed a Diplome d’Universite du Gout, de la Gastronomie et des Arts de la Table (University of Reims, Champagne-Ardenne).
She has a profile beyond Australia including: UK’s Saturday Kitchen; NBC Today Show during the Sydney Olympics; with Anthony Bourdain when he was filming in Australia; in Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey. During her eight years as co-host of Fresh with The Australian Women’s Weekly on the Nine Network Australia, she regularly hosted such visiting chefs as Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay. She now splits her time between Australia, the UK and Singapore.
Her many TV series continue to be shown globally and in Australia SBS Food (Channel 33) regularly shows Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets, Lyndey Milan’s Summer Baking Secrets, Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast and Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland . Other TV series also continue to be screened globally: Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas, and Inside Lyndey’s Kitchen. Recently new material and a re-edit of Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, was released as Greece with My Son.
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia continues to screen internationally and on airlines to rave reviews and was named Best Food TV series in the 2016 Gourmand World Awards. The accompanying book also won Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World at the 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and in the Best of the Best for the last 20 years at the Frankfurt Book Fair, won third overall.
Other books include Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece, 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.
Lyndey is a popular guest on the various Australian networks’ morning shows and is a key contributor to Selector magazine, a bi-monthly publication for food and wine enthusiasts. She contributes occasionally to Delicious Magazine and delicious.com.au. Her unflagging energy saw her as first female Vice-President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. She has been Chair of the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, Dairy Produce Committee and Fine Food Committee which she founded in 1997, which judges thousands of Australian products in categories including aquaculture, branded beef, branded lamb, professional bakery, coffee, beer, pasta and noodle, specialty foods, olive oil, small goods and charcuterie.
In 2012 her peers presented her with The Vittoria Legend Award, Sydney Morning Herald’s 2012 Good Food Guide. She was also named as a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. This was followed in 2014 with an Order of Australia, for service to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community. Prior to the Covid pandemic she sat for many years on on the influential Food and Wine Advisory Committee for Tourism Australia. In 2019 she was named Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators of Australia.
A deep held love for food and wine has made Lyndey an inveterate traveller for both work and pleasure and she has been to all seven continents on earth. She is a popular tour host for many cruises to the Mediterranean, as an enrichment speaker for Silverseas and P&O cruises, land content in Puglia and Japan with her next adventure to Morocco and a repeat of the successful Puglia trip. Her friendly personality makes her the ideal person to lead a tour and she takes special pride in seeking out special food and wine experiences for her guests.
Lyndey splits her time between Sydney, London and Singapore, running a consultancy business which includes curating menus, public speaking, appearances such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, cooking classes, recipe development, food and wine appreciation classes and advising food and wine clients – in fact anything to do with food, wine, agriculture and lifestyle. She judges for many industry organisations and works voluntarily for various charities including Cure Cancer. She is co-Founder and Patron of Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female chefs, and a founding Board member of Women in Hospitality, a not-for-profit organisation that supports and fosters career development of women in the hospitality industry. She is also a judge for the prestigious global Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition.