Tasting Tasmania

Matthew Evans, Gourmet Farmer

speakerMatthew Evans is a chef by trade who is also the host of Gourmet Farmer on SBS. He is an advocate for sustainable seafood and is a strong believer in knowing and trusting what you eat.

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Ben Milbourne

Ben attributes his love of food to his grandmother, she baked for the 40 plus tradesmen employed by the family business each morning for a number of decades. He remembers making scones with her after school and her cookie jar full of ANZAC biscuits. “She was an amazing cook, a true grandmother. Before you said hello to her you’d be in the pantry looking at what she’d baked.”

Family is important to Ben. Growing up on the North West coast of Tasmania, Ben was the second of four children. “As a child we used to go on family camping trips and we would take out Dad’s boat, go fishing and cook the fish. We would go diving for Abalone and cook it on the campfire. We still go diving for abalone throughout the year.”

Cooking has always been a passion for Ben. “Cooking with friends, is always better. Cooking has always been the way I open up, if mum, dad or my brothers and sister ever wanted to have a deep and meaningful chat they would get me in the kitchen”. Ben’s looking forward to sharing  time in the kitchen and foraging in the great outdoors with his two young children as they grow.

But cooking wasn’t where Ben headed initially with his career; teaching beckoned. “I used to use food to teach chemistry, there are just over 100 elements on the periodic table, that is your pantry, and with that we have built the world around us. There are thousand of ingredients in the world of food, imagine the things we can create with that, some just like the world of chemistry won’t go together but some will create flavours and textures that make life worth living.”

Masterchef Season 4 was a turning point for Ben and his passion for food. The experience allowed him to refine his skills, immerse himself in food and be taught by some of the most experienced chefs in the business. Since the show, opportunities to continue working with food has been widespread with Ben appearing on national morning breakfast shows, guest appearances on ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ and ‘Everyday Gourmet’. Ben now hosts his own show, Ben’s Menu currently in it’s third season on Channel 10, hosts Tasting Tasmania (Foxtel) and co hosts Andy and Ben Eat the World (SBS) and has a regular cooking segment on The Off Road Adventure Show (Channel 10).

Ben is proudly the Tasmanian Schools Canteen Association Ambassador and is working on a multitude of projects to encourage healthy eating and cooking with local produce.

Ben’s strengths are in Mexican and Seafood cooking however he is always keen to explore new, fresh ingredients and combinations of flavours.

Ben’s first cookbook, Mexican Craving, was launched in November 2013. His second book, Tasmanian Trail based on Tasmanian producers was released in September, 2014.  
In 2013 and 2014, Ben has traveled to Mexico, Spain and Portugal with mate Andy Allen, filming their food exploits for Andy’s YouTube channel and gathering footage for Andy and Ben Eat the World; a 6 episode mini series that aired on Channel 10 during winter, 2015. Further Andy and Ben projects are in the production phase which will focus on Ben’s food ethos of finding local providence, farmers and providers who work with nature’s elements to produce food that is fresh and of the highest quality.

In 2016 Ben and his wife rebranded and now work to grow their company, The Cultivate Group which includes Cultivate Productions. They partnered with University of Queensland for their first fully produced show, Food Lab by Ben Milbourne, which is due to air early 2017 (Channel 10).

Ben’s personality and down to Earth approach has made him popular with people of all ages. His philosophy is unassuming; “My food style is simple; take ingredients and recipes that will bring people together, combine them in a way that is interesting but achievable. Above all cook it because you love it. You have to fall in love with the process. The process of discovering the ingredients, developing the idea, creating the dish, sharing the flavour and discussing the outcome; this is what food is all about”.

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Nutrition Economics

Professor Do Thi Ngoc Diep

Director of HCM City Nutrition Center. Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Nutrition. Vice Chair of Nutrition Committee of HCMC. Vice Head of Department of Nutrition and Food of UMP.

She has conducted several studies and community – based nutrition programs focus on malnutrition, micro-nutrient deficiency, obesity and diabetes. She has also focused her efforts on lifestyle intervention, nutritional and dietetics policy building, school nutrition program and clinical nutrition, dietetics to control chronic diseases and improving Vietnamese health and stature.

Professor Amanda Lee

Senior Adviser, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.
The Sax Institute

Professor Amanda Lee has more than 35 years experience as a ‘pracademic’ in prevention of chronic disease, Indigenous nutrition and food/nutrition policy. She was Chair of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee, is one of the Chief Investigators of the Australian Preventative Partnership Centre and serves on several international nutrition committees. Among recent projects, Amanda scoped the new national nutrition policy, assessed evidence to prioritise obesity policy actions and developed the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods. Globally, she leads the food price and affordability domain of the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS).

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Professor Alan Shiell

Professor Shiell is Professor of Health Economics in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University.

Prior to taking up this position he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, and before that he was Professor of Public Health Economics at the University of Calgary where he held a CIHR Chair in Applied Public Health. At La Trobe University he is responsible for building health economic capacity in the School while pursuing research into the economics of complex interventions and systems change. He is the lead of the Prevention Centre’s Systems Science and Implementation Capacity and a member of the Centre’s Leadership Executive.


Future Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Dr Jane Muir

BSc(Hons), PhD, GradDipDietetics   

Head of Translational Nutrition Science, Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 

Dr Jane Muir is a Nutrition Scientist and Dietitian and has over 25 years’ experience in the area of nutrition research.  Her research has focused on understanding the role of dietary carbohydrates in the health of the gastrointestinal tract. In her current position, Dr Muir works in collaboration with Professor Peter Gibson, Head of Gastroenterology.   The team at Monash University were responsible for the new therapeutic diet (the Low FODMAP diet) to manage the gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.  A major research focus for Jane has also been on the beneficial effects of indigestible carbohydrates including dietary fibre and resistant starch.   More recently her team have turned their attention to understanding how best to feed our gut microbiome.  Their research is focusing on natural dietary sources of prebiotic carbohydrates.

Professor Manny Noakes

Professor Manny Noakes, BSc, Dip Nut&Diet, PhD is currently the Research Director of the Nutrition and Health program in CSIRO Health and Biosecurity.

She is considered a key opinion leader and trusted advisor in nutrition and health both nationally and internationally, particularly in the area of higher protein dietary patterns and weight management. She was instrumental in the development and release of five editions of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) (launched in 2004) which has now been translated into 17 languages, sold over one million copies in Australia and continues to have high awareness with the online program.  Professor Noakes has published over 200 scientific papers and is actively involved in research into dietary patterns and environmental impact.

Professor Noakes is a former executive member of the Federal Government Food and Health Dialogue, a current member of the Heart Foundation Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee amongst other industry bodies. She is the recipient of three CSIRO Medals, is a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University, holds a research excellence award from the University of Adelaide and is a recipient of the Zonta Club Woman of International Achievement award.


Marketing and Nutrition Communication Debate


Mr Glenn Cardwell, AdvAPD

Glenn is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian with 37 years experience in clinical and public health nutrition. He advises the public, the fresh produce industry, and lectures to health professionals and university students. He is currently working closely with farmers to promote the nutrition and health benefits of mushrooms, bananas and asparagus. He has written four books, including one that has been translated into Russian and Mandarin!


Clare Collins

Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine. She holds a highly competitive National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship. She is also Deputy Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Professor Collins has secured over $7.3 million in competitive research grants, published over 270 manuscripts and supervised more than 22 Research Higher Degree candidates (17 APDs) to completion. She currently leads the largest team of dietitian researchers in the world, with a major research focus on using smart technology in the assessment of dietary intake, evaluation of the impact of nutrition interventions on eating patterns, weight and health across key life stages and chronic health conditions.

Professor Collins was a team leader on the evidence reviews conducted by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) that informed the revision of the 2013 NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines. She served on the Australia and New Zealand (ANZOS) council for 6 years, with 2 years as Vice President (2007-08). Professor Collins chaired development of DAA’s 2005 Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Adult Overweight and Obesity and led the University of Newcastle and DAA reference group in the 2011 update.

Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA) and represented DAA in an international Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association (PEN). Professor Collins has been a DAA media spokesperson for 17 years and conducted over 1500 media interviews. As a paediatric dietitian at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, NSW she contributed to clinical nutrition, particularly in the area of Cystic Fibrosis, for over 20 years.

Connect with Prof. Clare Collins on Twitter!
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Leon Compton

Leon Compton is Mornings Presenter on ABC Radio in Tasmania.

His program is the home of local news and current affairs discussion and debate in the state. He has been with the ABC for 15 years hosting programs in Victoria, NSW and the NT.

In his sixth year in Tasmania he has a still growing family, a still growing native garden and, with his love of catching crayfish, a still growing waistline.

On weekends he can be found travelling around and most likely on, or under, the water.

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Maree Hall

Maree Hall (APD) is the Senior Public Relations Manager at the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), where she manages the Association’s media and public relations activities – ensuring these support DAA’s strategic objectives. Maree oversees the team of 23 volunteer DAA Spokespeople, and has grown the highly-successful Spokesperson’s Program at DAA. Prior to joining the DAA team, Maree represented DAA in the media as a Queensland-based DAA Spokesperson, a role that allowed her to contribute to her professional body – and gain valuable skills in working with the media along the way! She has also previously worked as the Media Dietitian at Dairy Australia, and has experience in community and clinical nutrition, and private practice. Maree is passionate about getting evidence-based nutrition messages to Australians via the media, and bringing added value to DAA members through stronger relationships with the media.

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Alan Taylor

Al is Group Managing Director of 303 MullenLowe.

Starting out as 303 in WA in the late 90’s the communications agency successfully expanded into the east coast in 2008. In 2011, 303 became part of the international Lowe and Partners network which subsequently merged with US agency Mullen – hence the name!

Today, 303 MullenLowe employs over 120 people and is home to a wide range of local, national and international brands including including Audi, Qantas, Fujitsu, Harley Davidson, Cash Converters, P&N Bank, Water Corporation, Edith Cowan University, IKEA.

The agency, over many years, has also done considerable work in the area of Behaviour Change and Public Education communications strategy working with most state Government agencies, NGO’s and the Federal Government – the bulk of which Al has been instrumental in creating.

As an almost 30 year veteran of the industry Al is recognised nationally, not just as a business leader, but as a successful strategic planner with an emphasis on Behaviour Change and Public Education communications. His first foray in the category was in the creation of ‘Go for 2&5’ – a nutrition campaign that not only achieved significant behaviour change and increased consumption, but picked up numerous Effectiveness awards and was acknowledged by the World Health Organisation as ‘Best Practice’ communications.

Since then, he has been behind countless Behaviour Change campaigns across topics such as Smoking Cessation, Organ Donation, Health Etiquette, Mental Health Destigmatisation, Elder Abuse, Physical Activity, STI’s, Drink Driving, Speeding, Driver Fatigue, Indigenous Nutrition and many more. Beyond his work on ‘Go for
2&5’, he is most proud of the ‘One Big Difference’ NDIS launch and the ‘Measure up’ Healthy Lifestyle campaigns for the Federal Government.

More recently, he has been guiding the roll out of the Health Star Rating food labelling campaign for the Department of Health and Ageing. Al regularly speaks on Behaviour Change communication strategy.


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Peter Choraziak

Writer, director, marketing strategist, problem solver, mentor, creative business thinker.

Co-founder and Director of Red Jelly an independent Australian creative agency.

Former Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather (Tasmania).


Awards and qualifications:

  • Winner Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) 2006 Australian Marketing Program of the Year
  • Assisted numerous clients to win over 30 individual AMI Awards
  • AMI 2010 Tasmanian Marketer of the Year
  • On the judging jury of: PANPA Newspaper Awards; New York Festival Regional Awards; Tasmanian Advertising & Design Awards
  • Tutor/mentor: AWARD School Tasmania; AMI Tasmania Emerging Marketers; UTAS Entrepreneurship program
  • Certified Practising Marketer

Speaking engagements:

  • Local Government Association of Tasmania Conference
  • National Seafood Industry Association Conference
  • UTAS Voice of Entrepreneurship Program
  • TICT Tourism Conference.

Board experience:

  • Served on the board of Zootango Theatre Company
  • Former director and founding shareholder of Wursthaus Pty Ltd
  • Former founding board member of multi-award winning GASP! (Glenorchy Arts & Sculpture Park)
  • Current board member of Festival of Voices
  • Current Co-Chair and founding committee member of industry group Tasmanian Creative Industries Limited
  • Current Chair of Red Jelly


  • Writing, architecture, music, theatre, fishing, hunting, food, world affairs, conservation.

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