Speakers Profile - Bill Granger

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Bill Granger has always been passionate about food and cooking. He takes pride in presenting delicious food that is simple, fresh and looks irresistible. This easygoing approach to food has always been Bill's philosophy and is an important element of his enduring popularity in Australia and overseas.

Bill's broad appeal also springs from an instinctive understanding of how most of us like to eat. He is a self-taught cook who gained his knowledge from eating, reading and experiencing food.

Born in Melbourne, Bill moved to Sydney when he was nineteen. As an art student with a passion for food, he worked as a waiter and his focus gradually shifted from art to food. His fascination for developing new ideas eventually led him to establish his own restaurants. bills opened in 1993 in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, and the second bills opened in the nearby suburb of Surry Hills in 1996. They were both immediate successes and are established as favourite destinations with both locals and tourists alike. In July 2005, bills Woollahra opened and it already has its own loyal band of regulars.

Bill is one of Australia's leading food writers. His first two cookbooks, bills Sydney Food and bills food, became international best sellers, and when the third, bills open kitchen, was published in 2003, it went to the top of the non-fiction charts in Australia. Bill's books were launched by HarperCollins in the US in February 2005, and have been translated into Dutch, German and Italian. His fourth book, Simply Bill, was launched in Australia and New Zealand, UK and the Netherlands in 2005. Bill has sold over 700,000 copies of his books worldwide and his fifth book, Every Day, was launched with instant success in both Australia and the UK in late 2006. Bill's latest book, Holiday, was released in Australia and the UK in late 2007.

Bill appears frequently in both Australian and international media. He is a weekly Sydney Morning Herald Good Living columnist and a regular contributor to Australia's delicious magazine. He has regular columns in UK delicious and Sainsbury's magazines as well as in magazines from the Netherlands to South Africa. He also appears on both Australian and international TV and radio.

In 2004 Bill launched his debut television series, bills food, on The LifeStyle Channel in Australia. The cameras follow Bill as he cooks his way through busy working days and casual weekends at home with family and friends. The series was acquired by the BBC in the UK, screening to audiences of 1.9 million, and over 20 countries. A second series was first seen in Australia on the LifeStyle Channel in late 2006 and on the BBC in February 2007, and is now showing in numerous countries worldwide.