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.
In 2014 Lyndey was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for services to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community.
Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted six television series both, Lyndey Milan's Baking Secrets premiering on LifeStyle FOOD and Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia on 7TWO in 2014. In this latter series, she unearths the characters, places and pastures which make up the backbone of a thriving culinary culture. It is currently on Qantas Inflight internationally and and will be on LifeStyle FOOD. Lyndey Milan's Taste of Ireland. screened on 7TWO and LifeStyle FOOD and Lyndey's Cracking Christmas also screened on LifeStyle FOOD as well as New Zealand Food TV.
Her other recent series include Lyndey and 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 seeking culinary delights and adventure.
Lyndey's profile extends beyond Australia. In 2000 she presented a live segment on Australian food on the top rating NBC Today Show during the Sydney Olympics. She also appeared with Anthony Bourdain when he was filming in Australia, taking him to Tetsuya's restaurant and was featured in Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey. During her years on Fresh on the Nine Network Australia, she regularly hosted such visiting chefs as Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay.
Lyndey is a popular regular guest on the various morning shows on all three commercial networks 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 principally as Food Director of The Australian Women's Weekly. She has published nine books including Lyndey and Blair's Taste of Greece, 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 Milan's Taste of Australia has just been released.
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 produced all Lyndey’s TV series.
Lyndey also runs a consultancy business which includes MCing, 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 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 which 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 has an intimate knowledge of regional Australian producers and is held in high regard by them, frequently going to regional areas for cooking demonstrations and as an Australia Day Ambassador. Lyndey sits on Tourism Australia's Food and Wine Advisory Committee. 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 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.
Client Comments for Lyndey Milan
Lyndey Milan travels from New South Wales Australia
- Lyndey Milan is every home cook hero's best friend and saviour...radiating kindness and geniality, she all but winks at the camera while demonstrating how simply and swiftly rustic meals can be assembled, sharing time-saving tips that are truly ingenious.
Sydney Morning Herald
- Lyndey Milan is a natural at this kind of stuff, and this new series strikes a nice balance between local colour, fancy food and achievable recipes.
Melinda Houston, The Sun-Herald
- Her enthusiasm is infectious, her knowledge of food and wine impressive. And she conveys the message with such wit and simplicity.
Lyndall Crisp, The Australian
- Lyndey and Blair's Taste of Greece should simply be another buoyant, food lovers' road trip with a mother-and- son twist. It should be a sunny, retsina-fuelled romp with plenty of blinding white marble, honey-streaked yoghurt and whole roast sheep. Food journalist and broadcaster Lyndey Milan is known to her audience and certainly to her colleagues and friends as a cheerful, fun-loving extrovert. Nothing about her food is fussy or mean. Her generosity of spirit makes it clear to everyone that she is one of life's enjoyers.
Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald
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