playing with flavours
AN APPETITE FOR LIVING LIFE WITH GUSTO
Alice Zaslavsky has made a career out of crafting connections through food, as teacher, writer, television host-producer and live presenter.
Before making her on-screen debut on MasterChef Australia in 2012, Alice was the youngest dep. head of department at an elite Melbourne school, going on the program to drum up interest in a 'Food & Culture' elective. She has since made the living-room her classroom, hosting kids' food and lifestyle programs Crunch Time and Kitchen Whiz on Nine’s Go! Channel and Short Cuts to Glory (for slightly bigger kids) on ABC, where she’s also the resident Culinary Correspondent on ABC News Breakfast.
On the airwaves, Alice co-hosts a regular VEG SEG on ABC Radio Drive, where listeners call in to share their favourite recipes and anecdotes about seasonal vegetables. As Food Editor for The Weekly Review, her Feed was a weekly fixture in 630,000 homes across Melbourne. Her best-selling fresh food fact book, Alice's Food A-Z was the first cookbook to be given a Notable gong by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Alice has put all of her experience and talents to full use in founding A-Z, putting critical food literacy back on the agenda in schools. Her pilot project, Phenomenom, a free digital food literacy program for primary schools funded by industry and government, helps redirect the conversation around kids and vegetables, through clever content and creative execution.
When not writing about herself in third person, Alice is most at home tapping out thoughts and sharing audaciously accessible recipes across the Social Media Sphere as @aliceinframes.
"Learning to understand food - the way it makes our bodies feel, how it connects to the world around us - should be just as important as learning to read and write."
What's on the boil?
I'll always be a teacher, but these days, my classroom goes far beyond four walls and a white-board.
Connecting to audiences with warmth and wonder is something I love to do and bring to the stage, to the screen, to my cooking and everything in between.
Here's what's bubbled up lately...
On the airwaves
Each month I join ABC Drive with Raf Epstein for Foodie Tuesday with a focus on one vegetable. I offer tips on how to buy, store and prepare each veg, and listeners share their favourite ways to cook it!
In the Kitchen
"Nobody ever complains that a recipe is too easy"
Having hung up my Restaurant Critic hat, there is nothing I enjoy more than cooking at home. My style is taste-centric, short-cut laden, and designed for cooks at every level.
Click through and use the Search tab to find top tips for dishes, cook-along videos and articles to whet your appetite.
A free digital tool that brings together positive psychology, societal trends and curriculum innovation to create an integrated food literacy program for primary school teachers that helps make vegetables an exciting part of every classroom.
As an accomplished conversationalist and host, I continue to share the stage with some of the world's biggest names in food, including:
Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Dominique Crenn, Joan Roca, Virgilio Martinez, Ana Ros, May Chow, Albert Adria, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Luke Dale-Roberts, Jancis Robinson, and even the original Iron Chefs (complete with Japanese translators on stage).
Make friends with salad.
Or at least impress them with the best of the internet, hand-picked from A — Z and artfully arranged (from a height) in your browser. Pick and mix your own by clicking the ingredients below.
FOOD DOESN’T JUST OPEN MOUTHS, IT OPENS MINDS, TOO.
FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN, FIND ME ON THE STAGE, FIND ME TALKING TURNIPS, AND FIND ME ON THIS PAGE. here.
Let's talk turkey. Or Turnips. Up to you.
I thrive on big projects that create large-scale change, and small projects that generate big results.
If you're looking for someone who understands engagement, education, entertainment and eating, all in one...
GET IN TOUCH.
"Alice is one in a million. I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Alice over the past few years, primarily in the role of host on high profile culinary events and panels. Her ability to get under the skin of a topic and conversation with her in-depth industry knowledge and research to unearth nuggets of gold, to pull you in, to re-assure and guide talent, to read an audience is second to none. Not only is she a quick thinker, sassy and polished, Alice has a unique, warm and personable on-stage delivery that is impeccable."
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