Speakers Profile - Lyndey Milan

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LYNDEY MILAN OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz.

A familiar face on television and in print, she been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years.

Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, eight best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine.

Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted no less than five television series. Her latest Lyndey Milan's Taste of Ireland has been screened on 7TWO and began on LifeStyle FOOD in May 2013. In this series Lyndey explores the lush food, characters and countryside of the Emerald Isle. In December last year Lyndey's Cracking Christmas, covering both a traditional feast as well as a more modern, contemporary Christmas menu screened on LifeStyle FOOD and New Zealand Food TV. Her other series include: Lyndey & Herbie's Moveable Feast, co-hosted with spice king Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill; and Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece which follows Lyndey and her late actor son and co-host Blair on a tour of the Peloponnese seeking culinary delights and adventure. All have been seen by international audiences. The fifth series, Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia, has been completed and will air in early 2014.

Lyndey is a popular regular guest on the Nine Network's Morning Show and was previously co--host of Fresh for over eight years. Lyndey contributes to Selector magazine, a quarterly publication for food and wine enthusiasts after over ten years at ACP including as Food Director of The Australian Women's Weekly.

She has published eight books including 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. The book to accompany Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece is her eighth.

Last year Lyndey won The Vittoria Legend Award at the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide 2012 awards and was named as a NSW finalist in the Hudson Private & Corporate Sector Award category of the Telstra Business Women's Awards.

Lyndey holds co-directorships of Flame Media, a television production company with an acquisition and distribution arm and Sydney Studio Kitchen, a purpose-built TV studio and post-production facility that features customised, interchangeable components and equipment, crew and other services for hire. Flame Media produced Lyndey & Blair's Taste of Greece, Lyndey Milan's Taste of Ireland and Lyndey & Herbie's Moveable Feast.

In 2010 Lyndey launched the Brilliant Cut Knife, the first time she has put her name to a product. With world leading technology -- diamonds for strength, silver for anti-bacterial properties, ceramic for sharpness and titanium for flexibility and resistance to corrosion -- it is incredibly sharp and light.

As well as media appearances, books and her production company, Lyndey runs a consultancy business that includes public speaking, appearances, cooking classes and demonstrations, food and wine appreciation classes and advising food and wine clients -- in fact anything to do with food, wine, agriculture and lifestyle. She is much in demand at the Sydney Seafood School, various food and wine shows and festivals, masterclasses and as a facilitator, debater, food judge and MC.

Her unflagging energy sees her as Vice President and Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. She chairs the Sydney Royal Wine Show and was formerly founding Chair of the Fine Food Committee -- a committee that judges thousands of Australian products in categories including aquaculture, branded beef, branded lamb, bread, cake and pie, coffee, beer, pasta and noodle, regional food, olive oil and deli meats.

She is past President of the Australian Association of Food Professionals (formerly Food Media Club Australia), Wine Communicators Australia (formerly Wine Press Club), and sat on the Tourism NSW Food and Wine Advisory Committee for a decade. She is an Ambassador for Australia Day and 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.