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Chefs & Recipes

Adam Liaw

Instantly recognisable with his warm smile and topknot, SBS ‘Destination Flavour’ host and ‘MasterChef’ series 2 winner Adam Liaw has carved out a niche for himself as one of Australia’s favourite new cooks and commentators. His talent for creating Asian-inspired dishes with clean, fresh flavours also translates to print, and his best-selling 2010 cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, was called ‘thoughtful and beautiful’ by The Sydney Morning Herald. Critics and fans have also loved his second book, Asian After Work and 3rd book Adam’s Big Pot, with great reviews and strong sales. Articulate and witty, Adam always brings his own unique perspective to everything he does. His popular food and culture column for The Wall Street Journal’s Scene Asia gives him yet another outlet to express himself. His sense of humour and regular musings on Twitter won him a spot on PopSugar’s list of ‘Top-20 most entertaining celebrities to follow in 2012’.

You can follow Adam on twitter @adamliaw

Sahar Elsemary

Sahar arrived in Australia, from Egypt, in 1997. A Bankstown local, Sahar has four children and is the President of the Banksia Road Public School P&C. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of food and culture. She enjoys meeting new people and became a Taste Tour guide in 2011. She now guides tours in Greenacre, Bankstown and Lakemba, as well as the Feasting after Fasting and runs cooking classes for Taste and the School. She now has her own small but successful catering business, Sasa’s Corner, specialising in hot food. Sahar has represented Taste on many occasions and will often cater for small gatherings.

Sophie Zaverdinos

Sophie Zaverdinos was born in Australia from Greek Cypriot parents, Sophie was of the first generation of Mediterranean migrants’ children taking ‘strange’ food to school. Sophie is very involved with her local community. She is on the Committee of the Bankstown Women’s Health Centre, sings in a multicultural choir and is a belly dancer. She is passionate about other cultures and is particularly interested in music and food. A tour guide for Taste Food Tours in Canterbury, Belmore and Bankstown, Sophie is a great story teller. She loves people and sharing her vast knowledge of Greek and Cypriot food. She is married with two grown up children.

Teena Ebejer

Teena’s family have a long history in the food industry. Her great grandfather made candy which was delicious enough to keep him safe through wars in Hungary, and her grandfather was a chocolatier. Born in Canada, Teena is passionate about food. Her daughter Gloria accompanies her on many food adventures. Teena knows everything there is to know about a variety of different types of food, and what she doesn’t know yet she will know soon. She has been a Taste Tour Guide since 2011, and runs tours in Strathfield and Bankstown, as well as doing demos, recipe development and cooking classes. She is also employed as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and in 2014 was a contestant on Recipe to Riches.