Sydney based TV chef, award winning food writer and author Lyndey Milan will host two cooking classes at the NZ School of Food & Wine this September to empower people to make great tasting, home cooked meals from fresh ingredients – without spending a fortune or long periods of time in the kitchen.

“One of the recipes is – don’t drop dead of shock – porcini mushroom risotto which is cooked in the microwave. It will make you wealthier than cooking it on the stovetop because it takes less power and it does taste fantastic,” says Milan, who insists that she only simplifies technique when it does not compromise taste.

“Everybody is busy. It’s a matter of getting food on the plate that’s delicious and enjoyable to cook and share, while using good ingredients – my great belief when it comes to food is that it’s all about the shopping – buying fresh food and quality ingredients.”

Lyndey was born into a family that lived and breathed hospitality – “There was always room for one more at the table when I was growing up and when I did a double major in History and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, I cooked and entertained a lot because I loved preparing food and its social aspects.”

This laid the groundwork for her future career as a chef, caterer and food communicator in magazine columns, regular radio slots, books and her own TV company, all of which began when she pitched for and won a catering contract at the advertising agency she worked for, after having her first child.

Lyndey Milan’s book, Taste of Australia, won Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World (in English) & Best Culinary Travel book in Australia at The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014 (Hardie Grant 2014), going on to win third place at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair’s Best of the Best for the last 20 years.

In 2014 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to food, wine, hospitality and the community.

The cooking classes are at the third Wine and Food Celebration in Auckland at the NZ School of Food & Wine from Saturday 10 to Monday 12 September.  http://event.foodandwine.co.nz/Presenters.html