Alice Zaslavsky, the friendliest voice in Australian food, leads the discussion with this team of highly respected culinary figures. How do we write about food? Who gets to write about food? What is it like being a caretaker of a cuisine?

Alice Zaslavsky (moderator), Dani Valent, Joanna Hu, Tony Tan

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Alice Zaslavsky

Alice Zaslavsky is the cookery columnist for The Weekend Australian Magazine, Culinary Correspondent for ABC News Breakfast and ABC Radio nationally, ABIA award-winning author of the international bestseller In Praise of Veg, and host of Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Dani Valent

Dani Valent is one of Australia’s most respected food communicators. She is a long-time freelance journalist and restaurant critic, award-winning cookbook author and chief creator at Her business card says: writer, eater, traveller and cook, and if you could sum up Dani’s ethos in a phrase, it would be “connecting people to great food experiences”.

Joanna Hu

Joanna Hu is a former front of house hospitality worker who co-wrote and illustrated a cookbook, CHINESE-ISH: Home Cooking, Not Quite Authentic, 100% Delicious, with Rosheen Kaul, head chef of Etta Restaurant. The book will be published in June/July this year.

Tony Tan

Tony Tan is a highly respected figure in Australian culinary circles. He has lived most of his adult life either working in restaurants, or writing about food in Melbourne and Sydney. He was a presenter on the SBS series The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia, has presented Master Classes in most Australian capital cities and…