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, eight 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 maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine and has an ability to connect with all audiences.
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia continues to screen internationally and won Best Food TV series in the 2016 Gourmand World Awards. The accompanying book won Best TV Chef Cookbook 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. Her other 7 TV series continue to be screened globally. She has a profile beyond Australia including: UK’s Saturday Kitchen; NBC Today Show; with Anthony Bourdain; in Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey. During her eight years as co-host of Fresh with The Australian Women’s Weekly on 9 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.
Lyndey is a key contributor to Selector magazine and she writes freelance for other publications on food, wine and travel. She is also an experienced international tour host, with experience across the Mediterranean from East to West, in Puglia, Japan and Australia. Tours to Morocco and Puglia are planned for 2020. She judges for many industry organisations and works voluntarily for various charities including as co-Founder and Patron of Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female chefs. She is a founding board member of Women in Hospitality.
Lyndey had been a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW since 1996 and there inaugurated Australia’s first national food competitions, the Fine food Shows. She was its first female Vice-President and has chaired the Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy Produce and Fine Food Committees. She won The Vittoria Legend Award in 2012 Good Food Guide, was a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and in 2014 awarded an Order of Australia, for service to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community. She sits on the influential Food and Wine Advisory Committee for Tourism Australia.