The passionate team behind G&M Australia now brings you a fully locally based food and beverage industry website and newsletter dedicated to supporting hospitality through the impacts of COVID-19, whilst also reconnecting food-loving diners with the whole dining and lifestyle experience that they love with a consumer newsletter!
Publisher & Chief Judge: Dane Richards
Dane’s passion for exceptional food and wine experiences since his formative years, led him to successfully publish his own culinary website https://lbvlebonvivant.com/, where his respected insights, opinions and unique skill set were quickly recognised by peak industry bodies. He was recruited for various reviewing positions, culminating in him being appointed as Chair, Industry Relations prior to his promotion to General Manager and Head of Reviewing in Australia for the global food guide Gault&Millau.
Dane has judged food and wine at all levels for a diversity of organisations, with his honest and objective assessments valued by both competitors and panels alike, and through his LBV Le Bon Vivant brand also provides independent consultancy to various hospitality operators to assist them in achieving their full potential. He also currently holds the position of Vice-Argentier for the NSW Bailliage of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, prior to being the Vice-Conseiller Gastronomique.
Today, he lives in Sydney, and is a passionate advocate for the industry as it navigates through the immense challenges posed by COVID-19, with his palate and food critique considered in the top echelon throughout both this country and abroad, always firmly believing in the philosophy that the next plate of food could well be that ‘special moment’ that first inspired his journey.
Senior Contributor & Reviewer: Jeremy Ryland
Jeremy Ryland is a passionate food professional with more than 40 years’ experience in the Australian food industry. He has a degree in Food Technology, an MBA in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu, Academie d’Art Culinaire de Paris. Jeremy has worked in research, manufacturing, hospitality and marketing and has spent the last 20 years marketing and running hospitality operations. He currently has his own consultancy business that develops new restaurants and provides audit/review services to hospitality groups.
Jeremy is passionate about good food, good wine and the importance that food plays in our history, culture, social lives and health. He writes on food and gastronomy for the press and has appeared on both radio and television, promoting food science, good food and commensality. Jeremy teaches gastronomy at Le Cordon Bleu Australia and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business & Tourism at the University of Queensland. He is “l’expert gourmand” at Gault&Millau, the respected French restaurant review organisation and is a qualified judge for the RAS, RNA and GDA. Jeremy is an experienced restaurant reviewer, writing reviews on food and restaurants for 4BC, Ch9, BMag, Virgin Australia Airlines, The Good Food Guide and Gault&Millau.
Jeremy lives in Brisbane, Queensland, with his wife and beagle, and is also the Publisher of https://worthadetour.com/.
Senior Editor: Janet Parker
Things we do
Apart from publishing a dynamic website and weekly consumer and industry newsletters that cover all the latest developments in food, beverage, lifestyle and travel, we also offer consultancy and independent evaluation of restaurants (including menu testing/tasting critique), hotels and any food and beverage related products and lifestyle experiences. With our highly respected and specialised in-house skill set, and access to other highly skilled industry professionals, we can offer professional appraisal and identify the concepts and often cost-neutral changes that can make all the difference in today’s highly competitive and challenging landscape.
If you have an idea or concept, run it by us, as we are here to assist you in realising your full potential in achieving the best possible experience for your customers! Your next service is always an opportunity to be at your your best, so let us help you with taking the first steps in that direction.