Three restaurants and three children later, I have to agree that hospitality must be in my blood. The long hours thankfully translated into receiving loyal customers and many restaurant awards. Although it's been hugely satisfying to have grateful customers and watch our young team members develop into incredibly talented hospitality professionals, my true niche is in writing. I'm inspired to write about what I know best — the food, the wine and the people who make it happen. It was an exciting moment when my first article 'Cheese and Olives' was published in the Canadian culinary tourism magazine Taste & Travel International in a feature on South Australia. This kick-started a newfound writing career combining my love of food, writing and travel. With a keen interest in natural health I no longer view food as simply my passion — but also a key to wellness — and my writing reflects this.
WRITER | REVIEWER | BEACH LOVER
An absorbing passion for food is in my genes, fuelled by teenage weekends working in my father's Italian restaurant Pagana's in Hindley Street, a place where many religiously sought their weekly 'Osso Buco fix'. I swore I would never own a restaurant — the hours are too long — but I didn't count on marrying someone working in hospitality. At the age of 21 my husband and I opened our first restaurant and my path was set.
My qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing from Adelaide College of the Arts and food and wine writing and photography workshops with Tasting Australia and Le Cordon Bleu Australia. A Certified Professional Restaurateur through Restaurant and Catering Australia, I was a director on their South Australian board for four years. Working as a consultant still keeps me in the loop and regular clients include Adelaide's multi-award winning Chianti and Bar Torino. As an Aussie beach lover, I adore living near Glenelg Beach in Adelaide where spectacular sunsets draw photographers from all over the world. A beach walk followed by sunset watching — with an aperitivo in hand — is my idea of heaven! I live with my husband, one adult child yet to fly the nest and our beloved Australian Silky Terrier, Tigger.