Karina Carrel is ‘a mother of three first and cookie lover second’ who created Cafe Delites as an Instagram page after surviving Stage 4B Hodgkins Lymphoma. This ‘self-confessed balanced foodie’ now has 284 thousand followers on Instagram, has published a book titled Liberation: Breaking the Chains to Survival and Freedom – A True Story and runs a successful blog packed with a broad range of recipes from Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken Pizza Tacos to Maple Grilled Peaches & Almond Cookie Crumb.
Lisa Eats World
Melbourne-based food writer, recipe developer and photographer Lisa left corporate life to ‘eat the world’ and hasn’t looked backed. With an affinity for cupcakes and brownies, you’re sure to find sweet recipes on her website along with restaurant reviews and travel guides. Lisa’s Instagram account has a following of 17 thousand, and she’s a regular contributor to many publications.
MEL HOT OR NOT
Equipped with her Moleskine notebook in one hand and a digital camera in the other, Joyce Watts from MEL HOT OR NOT is an intellectual property, IT and media lawyer who is critically reviewing her way through Melbourne to determine what’s HOT OR NOT. Her webpage is organised through tabs and is easy to navigate, while her Instagram page with a following of almost 14 thousand provides a snapshot of Melbourne through food, art, architecture and friends.
Iron Chef Shellie
Shellie Froidevaux is a food stylist, photographer, graphic designer and cook whose website is full of tempting recipes and informative tips, including her most recent post about Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies. You won’t find amateur photos on the Iron Chef Shellie blog or Instagram. Instead, her Insta feed (excuse the pun) is a pretty assortment of carefully curated images that never strays too far from chocolate. Shellie also runs four-day food photography workshops in Victoria and Tasmania.
Burgers of Melbourne
Since June 2014, an anonymous guy from Moorabbin has bitten through over 100 burger joints in Melbourne to bring you the ultimate patty guide. This burger connoisseur judges three to four burgers each week, rating them on appearance, bread, meat and flavor. On Instagram, 37.9 thousand people follow his journey through burgers and the occasional freakshake, and his blog includes a burger bucket list which he continuously updates.
Italy On My Mind
For Italians, food and family are interconnected, and with that philosophy, Melbourne blogger Paola created Italy On My Mind to share food and travel stories from her yearly trips to Italy. Paola’s family hails from Treviso and Istria in north-east Italy, and during her cooking classes, you’ll discover family recipes from these regions. Her Instagram page contains a healthy dose of gnocchi, gelato, crostata and citric images scattered among photos of Italy. This November, Paola’s book, Italian Street Food, will be released.
Melanie is a 25-year-old qualified Nutritionist from Melbourne who is passionate about sharing good food and healthy recipes with her readers, but one glance at her blog will tell you that this is no ordinary clean eating guide. Recipes including Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Fudge Cake and her Butternut Pumpkin, Apple & Rosemary Soup are nutritional, yet taste naughty, and that’s the appeal. Melanie has an eCookbook titled From My Little Kitchen, and her range of Mix Me packet mixes are available online.