First Pour Melbourne is hosting a Latte Art Smackdown Thursday November 1, at 6pm in Bond Street, Abbotsfored. We are excited to have some VIP judges, who will be briefed in on the judging criteria by Craig Dickson, Veneziano Coffee Roasters managing director and president of the AustralAsian Specialty Coffee Association (AASCA). Meet our esteemed judges:
Wendy Hargreaves is a journalist and self-confessed “food tragic” and lucky for her she’s found a way to combine the two. A newspaper journalist since 1986, Wendy reported on politics, health, crime and sport before moving to management on the news desk. Four years ago, she launched the Sunday Herald Sun’s first food section, which became the most read section in the paper. Wendy also reviews restaurants for 3AW’s top rating breakfast show, under the code name Brandy Snap. From January, she will be the weekly restaurant reviewer on 3AW’s new drive shift with Tom Elliott.
Last week Wendy jumped into online publishing, launching a new website devoted to food and fun in Melbourne called FIVEOFTHEBEST.COM. In less than a week, she’s published Shannon Bennett’s top five Melbourne coffee shops, Guy Grossi’s top five food shops, Matt Preston’s top five weird flavour combos that rock, Ian Curley’s tips for dining in Brighton, Neil Perry’s top five places to relax, Adrian Richardson’s top five tips for perfect steak and Paul Wilson’s top five bbq tips. If you have any tips for great places in Melbourne, be sure to subscribe to the site and let Wendy know.
Hilary McNevin worked front-of-house, managing restaurants and studying wine in both Australia and the UK for 15 years before shifting careers. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and during her study and since finishing the course at the end of 2007, has freelanced for Epicure (The Age) as a regular contributor and writes the Espresso column with Bob Hart.
Hilary has reviewed for and subedited The Age Good Food Guide 2008 and 2009, and continues to review for the guide. She is a reviewer for The Age Cheap Eats, The Age Good Cafe Guide, Good Food Shopping Guide and Good Bar Guide. She is the restaurant reviewer for The Moonee Valley Weekly, a Fairfax publication and is a contributing food writer for Broadsheet.com.au. She contributes regularly to Winestate magazine and the James Halliday Wine Companion magazine and writes Melbourne food news for Delicious magazine.
Hilary had her first book Guide to Fish: Choosing and Cooking Sustainable Species published by Fairfax in October 2008.
Tradesman and entrepreneur, Craig Hiron is the creator of the gorgeous Otto, a revolutionary home espresso maker. Craig grew up in Sydney, leaving high school in 1989 embarking on a career in accounting. He later started a roofing business before crewing internationally on feature films. In 2005, Craig began the development process of re-creating the Atomic coffee maker, a design and coffee icon. Craig took Otto to market in Australia in 2009 and is now developing accessories and pursuing international markets.