WHO ARE THE HUNGRY GENTLEMEN?

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The Hungry Gentlemen are wine writer Max Allen and food writer Richard Cornish, two of the most respected commentators in the worlds of food and wine.

Max and Richard revel in the descriptive language of what they eat and drink, and love to make it sound as delicious and enticing as it actually is.

They are also very funny and very entertaining: they don’t take themselves too seriously.

They are experienced in commercial radio and television: Max was the “wine guy” on Better Homes and Gardens while Richard was the commentator for Iron Chef Australia and has worked for Austereo as a writer and performer. Both are regular presenters at events, tastings and masterclasses around Australia.

Max and Richard have spent two and a half decades exploring the globe with hungry minds and curious palates, writing about what they eat and drink - how it’s made, where it comes from and why some of it tastes so bloody delicious. They have gathered together a lifetime of wonderful stories and can speak on a broad range of topics from the ancient wines of Georgia to the vibrant foods of Spain, from the fascinating science of flavour to the best shiraz to drink with steak.

Max Allen. Photo by Sophie Allen

Max Allen. Photo by Sophie Allen

 

Max Allen

Journalist.
Author.
Wine GUY.
Nice Bloke.

 

Max Allen is the wine columnist for the Australian Financial Review, wine editor for Gourmet Traveller, Australian correspondent for jancisrobinson.com and author of a number of award-winning books including Red and White: Wine Made Simple and The Future Makers: Australian Wines for the 21st Century. After several seasons as wine personality on Better Homes and Gardens, in 2013 Max was awarded a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship. In 2016, he was inducted as a Legend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and in 2018, was named Wine Communicator of the Year. He is currently working on his next book, a cultural history of drinking in Australia.

 

Richard Cornish - 2019 Legend of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Image courtesy of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Legends Awards.

Richard Cornish - 2019 Legend of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Image courtesy of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Legends Awards.

 

RICHARD CORNISH

Journalist.
FOOD WRITER.
Author.
ALSO A Nice Bloke.

 

Richard Cornish is the only food columnist in Australia to be fired and then reinstated by the newspaper after a reader rebellion. He has the ability to make the complicated appear simple and unusual ideas seem everyday. Son of dairy farmers he knows how to talk to people on the land and to those who enjoy the fruits of their labour. He is a former television producer and comedy writer who found the call of the land too strong so he changed career to focus on what is important - soil, food, people and the culture of food. He has written five books on Spanish food with Frank Camorra, written a book on Mexican food and co-written Phillippa’s Home Baking. He is a former creative director of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, was cast as the commentator for Iron Chef Australia and has a long running column in Fairfax Good Food called Brain Food (the one they tried to axe). Former Editor at Large with LOST Magazine he continues to work in regional Victoria promoting food and arts and has recently taken an ambassadorial role with Cultural Tourism Victoria.