Niki Bezzant – 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.

Kate Underwood – Vice President


Kate is the founder of food blog ‘Relish the Memory’ where she showcases (and instagrams!) her latest discoveries, travels and kitchen creations. Kate contributes a regular column in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Nourish Magazine. With a degree in Human Nutrition, she is the Training and Education Manager for The Chip Group, a non-profit organisation promoting healthier hot chips in New Zealand. Kate brings her marketing and communication skills to Food Writers New Zealand.

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.

Greig Buckley


Greig is a very experienced and successful marketing and communications professional, with a strong (some say slightly obsessive….)interest in food. A 25 year career in advertising and long lunches fuelled Greig’s obsession with food. In parallel with this career, Greig has developed a strong interest in food – not only eating and cooking, but also in the increasing importance of food in our lives, society, and business. He is now using his business skills, experience and strong interest in food in his own business Kai – dedicated to promoting and selling artisan NZ foods to New Zealand and the world.

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.

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.

Lucy Corry


Lucy Corry is a Wellington-based journalist, food writer and communications consultant. She loves to cook, eat, read and write about food and the people who make or grow it. Lucy writes a weekly recipe column for stuff.co.nz, The Dominion Post, Waikato Times and The Press and is Taste editor for NZ Life & Leisure magazine.

 

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.

 

Michelle Jones


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.

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.