THE HUNGRY BON VIVANT is a former Adelaide newspaper journalist who has a passion for food and wine having grown up in a family with a father who was a restaurant reviewer, a mother who wasn’t afraid of cooking with chilli in Australia in the 1970s (when Aussies thought sweet and sour Chinese was exotic).
He wrote a popular, no-nonsense weekly wine column for an Adelaide newspaper for more than five years and also a couple of national magazines including a weekly radio stint on Australia’s national broadcaster talking about booze – something he did to stop him from going insane from sub-editing copy.
The Hungry Bon Vivant (HBV) has even judged at wine shows and was taken under the wings of an award-winning husband and wife winemaking team and taught how to blend a couple of reds and a popular sparkling red. He also used his charm to convince other renowned and high-profile Australian winemakers and vingerons to teach him the dark arts of winemaking so he could go on and make a fairly palatable drop using neglected Barossa bushy-vine shiraz and grenache with another mate who saw a career in winemaking.
Now, as a lawyer, (HBV) has to pay for his wine, but he still has a passion for writing and loves sharing his culinary and vinous exploits with anyone who will listen (or read).
Dubbed “Bottlehands” by his journalistic peers because of his unique ability to pour wine from both hands simultaneously without spilling a drop (usually while sloshed), (HBV) searches the world for value-for-money cuisine – whether cooked in a fine restaurant, in a pub, in a food court, in an ethnic cultural club or on a sidewalk. He pays for all his meals that are the subject of review.
The Hungry Bon Vivant aims to share experiences with like-minded seekers of non-nonsense, honest and memorable culinary discoveries. HBV is usually accompanied by the Baroness of Balmain (and sometimes the Baronettes) on his epicurean sojourns (but unfortunately the Baronettes never offer to pick up the tab).