Simon has worked as a restaurant critic for 20 years, including six editions as co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. He was restaurant critic at The Daily Telegraph for three years, at The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Living for four years and prior to that, was editor and owner of a weekly newspaper in Lismore in northern NSW.
Simon has written award-winning stories about food and travel for numerous publications, including The Weekend Australian Magazine and Travel + Leisure Australia, Delicious and Masterchef Magazines.
In a past life, Simon wandered the world, working as a chef and waiter before deciding he wields a pen better than a knife. That led to a career in journalism that saw him buy a newspaper in Lismore, northern NSW, at age 28. He spent more than a decade as editor of The Northern Rivers Echo before selling it to APN News & Media in 2008.
During that period, Simon served on regional development panels and was a councillor on the industry lobby group Australian Business Ltd (now the NSW Business Chamber), chairing its environment committee during the Kyoto agreement era.
He has appeared on Masterchef, was a judge on Iron Chef Australia and featured in two SBS documentaries, High Steaks and Heat in the Kitchen, as well as making regular radio appearances.
He works as an MC, most notably with Australia’s top chefs, including Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi and Ben Shewry.
Currently, Simon can be found in the Sydney office of the Australian edition of Business Insider the world’s fastest-growing business news website. He’s associate editor alongside editor and publisher Paul Colgan, and also runs Business Insider’s lifestyle section.
Simon’s wife, Sally, calls him the World’s Most Sustainable Fisherman because, despite wetting a line regularly, he takes nothing from the sea. Friends panic when inviting him over for dinner, until they realise Simon’s perfect meal is pork and fennel sausages with mash.
On this website, he writes about food, wine, books and just about anything else that catches his eye.