I become an apprentice chef in 1979 and soon realised I had found my job for life! Cooking has brought me around the globe to work in kitchens in Australia, Ireland, England and Turkey. In the mid 1990’s opportunities came my way to work as a food writer for Australian Gourmet Traveller, Epicure and The Sunday Age. Dozens of food guides and cookbooks also followed over the next decade.
In 2002 I ran my very first food tour and what struck me was how good it was to be exploring the city and talking about Melbourne directly to people. Melbourne Food Experiences now specialises in creating dining experiences and tours with the industry experts who make Melbourne the best food city in Australia.
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.
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!