Roz MacAllan, I was born Western Australia but after travelling the world I eventually settled in Queensland for some 30 years. With my husband John Potter we bought a house in Tasmania’s Bay of Fires area in 2009 and moved permanently in 2014 so we could fulfill a desire to live by the sea in a clean environment and to enjoy Tasmania’s cooler weather.
I began teaching cookery in 1992 when I retired from running my art gallery. As my earlier career was in the visual arts I have continued my affiliation with various arts organisations in Australia. I am currently serving on the board of Ten Days on the Island a multi arts festival in Tasmania.
There are many years of food writing behind me including restaurant reviews for The Brisbane News and for five years I was the Food Editor of The Sunday Mail. The weekly column required me to devise, cook, write and style the food page. This experience also led me into writing a food and travel column on my overseas travels. The column ‘A Cooks Tour’ also appeared weekly in The Sunday Mail. I went on to establish ‘Taste Travel’ a specialist in culinary tours to Italy – Sicily, Tuscany and Piedmont. This experience also led to creating culinary tours to Portugal and Thailand.
John and I continue to travel the world from our base in Tasmania.
Moving to the seaside in Tasmania has given me the inspiration to delve into the vast array of fresh seafood available. Gummy shark whilst fishing for flathead caught became dinner that night.