Armed with a Masters in Food Studies, a Masters in Teaching, a Graduate Diploma in Food Writing, a Bachelors in Film & TV and a pastrychef qualification, I finally left my hometown of Melbourne, Australia in 2013 to explore the global foodscape. My aim: to become a perpetually wandering culinary anthropologist.

Since then I have published best-selling coffee books in the USA, Finland, Sweden, China, Korea, Thailand, Australia and the UK, written culinary articles for a range of print magazines, set-up and managed London’s largest bean-to-bar chocolate factory, headed up an Australian cooking school run entirely with ‘food waste’, worked with Chef Dan Barber at his W50 restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Upstate New York, judged food and coffee for the UK’s prestigious annual Great Taste Awards, and travelled and researched food production and preparation all around the world.

I’ve baked pies in English bakeries, learned about hunting reindeer from Fäviken’s gunsmith, tapped maple trees in Wisconsin – and birch trees in New York, milled stoneground flour in an 1800’s windmill, developed and released chocolate bar flavours for an internationally renowned craft maker, eaten rattlesnake in the desert, foraged for wild food at River Cottage, spent Swedish Midsummer on a potato farm, ventured deep under the streets of London to harvest herbs from disused Air Raid bunkers, developed concept dishes for Shake Shack, and much more.

Four Seasons of Food is the record of my travels, experiences, and acts as a platform for me to share the stories of those I meet along the way.

Like to work together? I am interested in any exciting new project, whether it requires the work of a concept developer, writer, researcher, teacher, chef, anthropologist – I am always looking for interesting people to work with. Please browse my portfolio here – I look forward to hearing from you!

Lani x

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