Hi I’m James, a professional chef with a career spanning 20 years and 2 hemispheres. But why the travelling chef thing? Travel has been a huge part of my life, I took my first RTW ( round the world trip to the uninitiated) back in 2000 and now I’ve become a full-time traveller. My family and I have been on the road, more or less continuously, since 2012. My wife is a travel blogger, my children are homeschooled and have been since before we left Australia. It’s a great lifestyle and learning environment for them. Hi from World Travel Chef, welcome!
Welcome to World Travel Chef!
A travelling chef gets to work and learn in diverse locations, but mostly my lifestyle is about having fun, seeing the world and spending more time with my family. I’m learning new cooking techniques and trying new dishes along the way.
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Where have we been so far? Click through to find out. I can talk to you about Thai Food, Romanian food, Vietnamese food, Nepali food, Indian food, just about any cuisine you name, or even, the classic French inspired dishes that I cook professionally
A Travelling Chef Career
Food has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Like a lot of chefs, it started with helping to cook the family meals at home in Australia. After numerous work experience stints in kitchens while I was still in school, I landed me my first job washing dishes at a hotel. The big city apprenticeship followed, then the one way ticket to London.
In London my eyes were really opened to the culinary world. The 16 hour days and 6 day weeks meant that there was ample time to hone my skills and learn some new ones. My apprenticeship taught be enough to be dangerous, but not to be a polished chef.
London was also where I started my travels around the globe. What could be better than travel and food experiences all rolled into one?
Travel became part of my professional career as a chef. The guinea pigs of Peru, the mouth numbing chicken skewers of China and the Thai, Indian and Cambodian cookery courses I’ve attended. The world is a constant source of culinary delights to amaze and tantalise your taste buds. Our most recent long-term location, Far North Queensland, offered an abundance of fresh, delicious food experiences. As an Executive Chef at a resort hotel I was able to really take advantage of this and expose our customers to the local delights, from fresh prawns from the trawler to the volcanic, grass-fed beef from the tablelands. The local cheese maker and herb growers had a starring role on our menu,too.
Which brings us to the blog, World Travel Chef. Why, after another busy day, will I sit down and write about all things food and share recipes? The food landscape is changing. Social media and television programs are all altering the way in which we interact and access information on culinary topics. I can now share my passion, experience and recipes with everyone at the touch of a button. Who wouldn’t take advantage of that? Who knows, perhaps I will entertain you all, too.
I have a few other interests that will make it onto the website from time to time, I’m a triathlete, runner and full-distance Iron Man. I’m also fanatical about scuba diving, I hope to share my hobies with you too.
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