Intrepid is thrilled to announce that Australian MasterChef 2011 finalist and MasterChef 2012 All-star Dani Venn will be joining our team of Intrepid Foodies and this week she’s off to enjoy a culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai on Bite-size Break – Thailand!
Dani’s love of food and cooking came from watching her Mum work the wok to create delicious meals for the family. Chinese food has influenced Dani’s style, as her ancestors were some of the first Chinese settlers to come to Australia. After finishing high school, Dani spent seven months voluntarily teaching English in Vietnam. Here she discovered street food, ate as much as she possibly could, and experienced an amazing and intriguing way of living.
In 2006, Dani first visited Sri Lanka to film a documentary project for university and she has enjoyed a special love affair with the country ever since…
“Sri Lanka has become a place close to my heart, not only did I fall in love with its food and people, but also found my partner of over six years, whom I met on that very first trip. Sri Lanka is an inspiring place where magical things can happen, its food is honest and diverse, its people strong and beautiful, its history destructive and enlightening. I have been fortunate to be able to share my love of Sri Lanka through food on MasterChef Australia. One of my absolute highlights of this experience was cooking Sri Lankan vegetarian curries for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and winning the challenge.”
Dani’s motto is “eat, laugh, live” and this is evident in her infectious personality and great passion for food. We’re so excited to be working with Dani and can’t wait to hear about her foodie adventures. You’ll be able to follow the posts on this Intrepid Express blog and via Twitter and Facebook. Plus Dani will be sharing her tantalising experiences on her blog at danivenn.com.
Dani will also be joining Intrepid at the upcoming 2013 Good Food & Wine Shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in June and July, so stay tuned for more info and lots more Intrepid Foodie fun!