Rebecca Sullivan is a self-taught cook and has worked with some of the world’s best food producers, academics, activists, and chefs. As food curator, activist, food writer, urban farmer and entrepreneur, Rebecca has worked on many a projects any food lover would envy, from launching the Real Food Festival in London to working on Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, farming coffee in Uganda to teaching scientists the art of communications in the Maldives for the United Nations. Rebecca recently completed her Masters in International Rural Development and Sustainable Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College in Gloucestershire, UK during which she focused on food security and a sustainable food future and is now undertaking another Masters in Food History at the University of Adelaide.
Rebecca’s obsession with food began in Italy, so it followed course that she would become interested in the Slow Food Movement in which she spent years working with them in the UK and US organising events, campaigns and of course eating. She is extraordinarily passionate about heritage, tradition, sustainability and the things that we all love….good, clean and fair produce.
After a decade working overseas, she has re-settled back in Australia and has launched The Granny Skills Movement in Australia – a community-supported movement inspiring women to be more in touch with the land and old crafts, such as how to be a butcher, a baker or a candle stick maker. Protecting the skills, heritage and traditions of our elders. As well as consulting to organisations, running events, catering, education and strategy work in and around the food, environment and lifestyle sectors and sustainability.
In 2012, Rebecca signed on as a presenter on Love to Share on the TEN Network in Australia, has appeared regularly on Channel TEN’s The Circle and Breakfast Shows, as well as Channel Nine’s Morning and TODAY show. She is a popular presenter for her simple dishes, great advise and wonderful ideas for simple sustainable ideas we can all try at home. Rebecca is also an OZ Harvest, BALL USA, Target 100, 1 Million Women, Alzheimer’s Australia Ambassador and sits on the board of the Regional Development Agency in South Australia and The world heritage bid for Mt Lofty. She used to write the Dirty Girl Kitchen Diaries for the Adelaide and Melbourne Review and now writes for Broadsheet Adelaide, Alquemie Magazine, Delicious UK to name a few. Rebecca’s first book ‘Just Like Grandma Used to Make’, came out in April 2013 with a huge amount of great press including being listed in the top ten books for Mothers Day in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Woman’s Day. Wish Magazine in The Australian has called her ” A veritable modern day Mrs Beeton.” She is writing her second book now, Cook & The Farmer.
Damien is from Adnyamathanha country. He grew up in Quorn and Nepabunna South Australia, very connected to his heritage and culture. His passion for teaching and ability to lead started at a very early age when he first began playing sport.
This also lead him to become a High School Teacher, now in his seventh year at Le Fevre High School in Semaphore. He is the coordinator for the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy as well as sports coordinator for his school. The SAASTA academy focuses on academic learning, achievement and acceleration through sports which he takes great pride in. He is a valued part of his School and very well respected by the staff, students and local community.
As a leader in his community Damien takes on many positions and roles to empower youth and his peers, one of which includes being Captain of his football team, Port Districts. His love for health and wellbeing also inspired him to take on a part time role as a personal trainer at Pushing Performance. Damien also sits on the SANTS South Australian Native Title Board as a Director. This role puts him directly in touch with local Aboriginal communities working on land rights. Damien's role for Warndu will incorporate direct relationship building with communities and wild harvesters. This is a hugely important role for the company as it is its core goal to build long term relationships with communities around Australia.