Allan started his career as a chef in 1979, working in kitchens in Australia, Ireland, England and Turkey. Food travels brought him further afield to explore the cuisines of India, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, France, Italy, Singapore, Vietnam and New York.
After more than 15 years as a chef, Allan turned his hand to food writing, becoming a contributor for publications such as Australian Gourmet Traveller, Epicure and The Sunday Age. He has also co-authored more than two dozen cookbooks and food guides, including The Foodies’ Diary, Foodies’ Guide to Melbourne, Chilli Jam and the best-selling In the Kitchen.
He has been involved in food tourism and events for over 15 years and has consulted for local and overseas businesses.
Melbourne Food Experiences was created to offer the best corporate and conference events, food tours, team building and private group bookings in partnership with award-winning chefs, restaurants, cocktail bars, wine experts and Victorian producers.
Cameron Smith is well known to Melbournians as the host of the long-running Eat It radio show on 3RRR, each Sunday at noon. Here he interviews top chefs and food authors, talks wine, restaurants and food.
He was recently given an award by The Age newspaper for 25 years of contributing to the Melbourne food and wine scene – “Going above and beyond the call of duty”.
Cameron has a background in Hotel Management from William Angliss College and he has worked extensively in advertising, host stages for The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and has worked on Iron Chef and MasterChef.
Cameron works as a food tour guide and an event host with Melbourne Food Experiences. If you really want to know what’s happening with food in Melbourne then you need to spend time with Cameron Smith!
Carmel McNally has always had a passion for food and history. She made a move into the Melbourne food scene in 2002 as a tour guide at the Queen Victoria Market, where she has hosted groups from Australia and overseas, and featured on Coxy’s Big Break, Postcards and Good Morning New Zealand.
Carmel is a wonderful ambassador for Melbourne and loves showing the city off to tour groups. Carmel works as a tour guide and event host with Melbourne Food Experiences.
Raffaela Ceddia is a Melbourne local with a lifelong love of food and cooking, especially drawing on her joint Italian and Sicilian backgrounds.
Raffaela has worked for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on restaurant and bar crawls. as well as MC’ing at food festival events festival events. It was here she discovered her love for hosting people and showing them Melbourne’s diverse food scene.
Raffaela hosts many tours for Melbourne Food Experiences and created A Taste of Sydney Road Food Tour.
Sebastian Reaburn has been a bartender for over 15 years and in that time has won Australian Bartender of the Year and made the top 10 of Bartender Magazine’s Most Influential List.
He has worked with Shannon Bennett to explore, re-invent and delight in the history of cocktails for the Lui Bar at Vue de Monde. Sebastian has been a brand ambassador, writes widely on the subject and has a regular radio spot on 3RRR. Sebastian has founded bars such as 1806 (winner cocktail list at Tales of the Cocktail in 2008). Plus Heartbreaker (The Age Good Food Guide Bar of The Year 2017).
He has recently added distilling to his CV as the creator of spirits at Craft & Co in Collingwood. He has also launched his own brand of craft gin called Anther (winner of Champion Australian Gin in 2018).
Sebastian hosts specialty cocktail tours and events for Melbourne Food Experiences.