All in Gourmet

Cyndi O'Meara

Eating food has become such an automatic response that we’ve forgotten why it’s there in the first place – to nourish us, to give us energy, to keep us healthy. But with chemical-coated ‘food’ continuing to dominate fridges and pantries, Cyndi O’Meara has ramped up her quest to educate the masses.

Hum Honey

Drizzling lemon myrtle-infused honey onto my morning cereal feels blasphemous; I should instead be ceremoniously eating it directly from the spoon. It’s no secret the Sunshine Coast is home to a high calibre of producers, and meeting Leisa Sams, the woman behind Australia’s best new product, it’s evident she’s the Queen Bee.

Hinterland Feijoas

When Sally Hookey suggested she and partner Peter Heineger turn the sod on a feijoa farm on the Sunshine Coast, Peter hadn’t even tasted the fruit. Now, the first certified organic feijoa growers in Australia are staunch members of the local farming community, dedicated to seeing it thrive.

OzHarvest Sunshine Coast

With a background in international aid and development, Michele Lipner redirected her purpose to launch OzHarvest Sunshine Coast in August 2014. She and her team of volunteers have since prevented 200,000 of excess quality food going to landfill, instead redistributing it to feed people in need.

Noosa Earth

If you’re tucking into a mushroom breakfast this morning, while sipping a cup of coffee, chances are you have never thought about the correlation between the two. But in one of the latest initiatives to combat the war on waste, Simon Jones is using spent coffee grounds to produce oyster mushrooms, all grown out of shipping containers on an urban block in Noosa.

Alejandro Cancino

He has worked in the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants and won Michelin stars and Chef’s Hats. Now, Alejandro Cancino is bringing his esteemed talent and passion for produce to the Sunshine Coast as our regional food ambassador.

Lee Holmes

Eight years ago, while working at the ABC in Sydney, Lee Holmes suddenly fell ill and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Her hair was falling out, her skin crawled with hives and she dropped from a healthy 58kgs to 40kgs in just six weeks. Little did she know, it was all related to her gut-health.

Pottery for the Planet

You’ve seen them everywhere, chances are you’re drinking from one right now, but have you ever wondered where they came from? Renton Bishopric and Clare Botfield are the creators of the first ceramic reusable coffee cups, saving over 10 million takeaway cups from going into landfill.

Chilli Festival

Do you tear up at the thought of the Crying Tiger? Or are you as brazen as they come and bite into a Carolina Reaper without batting an eyelid? It’s time to put your taste buds to the test at the hottest foodie festival on the Sunshine Coast, as Olivia Sainsbury serves up the annual Hot 91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival.

Tilly Sproule

Tilly Sproule is Australia’s top female barista and is using her position on the dais to not only connect coffee drinkers with the origins of their favourite brew, but also to encourage more barista sistas to join her on the national stage, where they can really let off some steam.

Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett pays homage to classical fine dining in a modern context, having altered his approach in the kitchen from heavy European influence, to more of a celebration of what’s on our doorstep. As MasterChef’s 10th season draws to a close, we chat to the esteemed chef mentoring the contestants to crowning glory.