Michelle Jones – President

Michelle has a passion for exploring new places, connecting with local people, their culture and food.  She launched The Foodie Inc blog to share her love of New Zealand food, wine and places to go, after commencing her Masters and photographing a cookbook.  Michelle brings extensive marketing experience across a broad range of industries from hospitality to retail and financial services.  She will graduate with a Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism in late 2018.

Andrea Bidois

Andrea is a public health nutritionist at the Heart Foundation, involved in a range of initiatives that aim to improve the food supply and increase the availability of healthier foods and beverages. A key part of Andrea’s role is to manage programmes and resources that support the up skilling of caterers and foodservice workers to improve the food they produce. The Guild will benefit from Andrea’s experience in project management and pragmatic approach to Guild activities.

Vanessa Baxter

Vanessa Baxter has recently repositioned her “The Fearless Kitchen” as a social enterprise bringing her passion of food to everyone. She is author of a cookbook of the same name, which has recently won two coveted awards. She has travelled the world extensively and believes food is the thread to her global friendships and understanding of the world.   She has made New Zealand her home for now and loves her opportunities through business and media to share her love of all things food.

Shona Dey

Shona is a freelance photographer and food communicator, based in Auckland. She works with clients to communicate and enhance their food-based vision. Her work is inspired by techniques in classical painting; textural colours, interplay of light and shadow and the subtle manipulation of object placement in order to create a lasting impression. Her images can be found on shonadey.co.nz. Shona enjoys working with Food Writers New Zealand to help organise events, assist with visual communication and provide an evocative record of the type of fun and inspiration that Food Writers NZ provides for its members.

Mark Collins

Mark trained as a chef and has spent his whole life in food, hospitality and tourism businesses in NZ and around the world. With 45 years in food and business Mark is a founding partner in  Auckland based business consultancy called TOHO- specialising in Tourism and Hospitality. Mark uses his experience and his enthusiasm for innovation to help his clients create exciting and profitable businesses.


Felicity O’Driscoll

Felicity started out in Banking and Property before taking on Cook the Books, the Auckland based Cookbook Store and Demonstration Kitchen. The kitchen is the home of Choice TV series ‘Cook the Books’, which celebrates New Zealand cookbook authors and their stories. Felicity has been the Chair of The Ponsonby Business Association for six years. Felicity is at the grass roots of cookbook titles and sales in this country and brings this important knowledge to the Guild.

Kate Underwood

Kate is a food writer and founder of ‘Relish the Memory’ where she showcases and instagrams her latest travels, discoveries and kitchen creations. Kate contributes a regular column in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Nourish Magazine and is part of the Metro Cheap Eats judging panel. With a degree in Human Nutrition, she has spent the last six years working in marketing and communications for Potatoes New Zealand, and specifically as the Training and Education Manager for The Chip Group – a program that promotes healthier hot chips. She has recently joined Eat New Zealand, a food movement committed to putting NZ food on the world map. Kate brings her marketing, communication and social media skills to Food Writers New Zealand.

Niki Bezzant – Past President

Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker, editor and commentator. She’s the founding editor (now editor-at-large) of Healthy Food Guide magazine, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. Niki has been involved in the food media for nearly 20 years. She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand and a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health. She is a board member for the NZ Nutrition Foundation. Niki is passionate about eating well in every sense; food that makes you happy and also nourishes.