Cooking queen wins huge international award

With all the amazing and varied cuisines around the world, it’s easy to forget that often the best dishes can be found right here on our doorstep.

It’s a fact not lost on cooking queen Lyndey Milan, who has been touring the country unveiling the characters and places that make Australia’s culinary scene tick.

She has brought her unique look at the best of our great land – from capital city foodie hot spots to bush heroes – to our families through her Lifestyle Food show, Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia.

Lyndey Milan's Taste of Australia

Earlier in the year, her cookbook based on the show was named best culinary travel book and best TV series cookbook in Australia. And now she’s been awarded the ultimate accolade – named global winner of the Best TV Series Cookbook in English at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China.

It’s a huge win – the awards are known as the “culinary Olympics” and feature entries from 205 countries.

In her TV series, Lyndey encounters wildlife and meets food producers, wine makers and top chefs around the country. It might be foraging on a beach with Rick Stein, cooking in a school garden with Pete Evans or sharing Maggie Beer’s love of the Barossa Valley.

Lyndey Milan and Rick Stein

She hunts for mushrooms, farms snails, milks goats, rides camels, tastes Aboriginal foods, milks salmon and chops wood – all showing the breadth of Australia’s foodie culture. And all the time, showing how to make fabulous meals all the family will love. Congratulations Lyndey!

Taste of Australia airs on Sundays at 6.30pm on Lifestyle Food, with encore episodes at 8.30am on Saturday.


Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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