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New Voices in Food


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It’s been a huge year in food media and for this Broadly Speaking talk, we’ll bring together three superb food writers to chew over the debates and developments of 2020.

In the US, there were mass resignations at Conde Nast’s hugely popular Bon Appetit YouTube channel, following allegations of racism and inequity. In Australia, the revamped Masterchef was hailed as the most diverse series yet. Viewers fell in love with new Singaporean-Australian judge Melissa Leong and the increased focus on Asian cuisines and ingredients.

Our ideas about authenticity, appropriation and representation are changing when it comes to food media. At this talk, we’ll hear from three women who are a big part of this reckoning and reinvigoration across America and Australia: James Beard Award–winning writer and Ugly Delicious guest Osayi Endolyn, bestselling Sydney-based food writer and cook Hetty McKinnon and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcaster and freelance writer Lee Tran Lam. 

They’ll talk about their personal food histories and philosophies, and how they’re working towards a more inclusive and delicious food world.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna-Campbell Pretty AM and family.

Our online bookseller for this event will be Neighbourhood Books.


Sonia Nair

Sonia Nair is Program Manager at the Melbourne Writers Festival as well as a writer and critic whose literary criticism and social commentary have been published by the Wheeler Centre, Kill Your Darlings, the Big Issue, Eureka Street and the Lifted Brow, among others. She has chaired conversations a... Read more

Lee Tran Lam

Lee Tran Lam is an Australian freelance journalist. She has written for various publications, including Good Food, Gourmet Traveller, SBS Food and the Guardian. She is the editor of the New Voices On Food book and is part of Diversity In Food Media Australia. She hosts The Unbearable Lightness of Be... Read more

Hetty McKinnon

Hetty McKinnon is a cook and food writer with a passion for vegetables. In 2011, she established Arthur Street Kitchen, a local salad-delivery business run out of her inner-city terrace in Surry Hills, Sydney. In 2015, Hetty and her family relocated to Brooklyn, New York City, where she continues to... Read more

Osayi Endolyn

Osayi Endolyn is a James Beard Award–winning writer with work in Time, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Eater, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler and the Oxford American. She appears in Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious on Netflix, and is featured on NPR’s ... Read more


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