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Lyndey Milan's Biography
After obtaining a B.A Dip. Ed with a double major in fine Arts and History from Sydney University, Lyndey pursued a career in advertising in both London and Sydney. She then founded and ran a flourishing catering business Cuisine Affaire for 12 years, including 18 months co-running Cafe Cuisine Affair - real 'feet-on-the-ground' food service experience in all its forms.
Hospitality of the table is Lyndey's 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 behan 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 and Blair's Taste of Greece' which follows Lyndey and her late actor son and co-host Blair on a tour of the Peloponnese, the historic heart of Greece, seeking culinary delights and adventure. All have been seen by internaitonal audiences. The fifth series, 'Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia', airs in 2014.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Lyndey did a live cross to the United States, cooking on the prestigious 'Weekend Today Show', the second highest ratings of all USA national breakfast television shows (beaten only by the weekday NBC 'Today Show').
Lyndey is a popular regular guest on the Nine Network's Morning Show and was previously co-host of Fresh for over eight years. She 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. Under Lyndey's guidance, the Australian Women's Weekly won the Bronze Ladle in the World Food Media Awards for the category Best Food Section in a Magazine in 2001 and was again a finalist in 2003.
Lyndey has publish 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.
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 strenth, silver for anti-bacterial properties, ceramic for shamprness and titanium for flexibility and resistance to corrosion - it is incredibly sharp and light.
In 2012 Lyndey won the Vittoria Legend Award at the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide Awards and was names 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'.
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.
Lyndey's relentless energy sees her as a board member 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.
Lyndey 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 both Australia Day and the Breast Cancer Network Australia, judges for many industry organisations and works voluntarily for several charities including as Co-Founder and Patron of Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female chefs.
Lyndey Milan's forte is presenting seemingly complicated ideas in an easy, straight-forward and entertaining manner. She has passion, laughter and infectious enthusiasm, a communicator with a practical as well as an academic interest in food, wine and lifestyle.