Dani Valent is one of Australia’s most prominent food journalists and content creators. She has built an impressive suite of content and capabilities in four key areas: writer, eater, traveller and cook. If you could sum up Dani’s ethos in a phrase, it would be: leading people to great food experiences.
For 10 years, she has been restaurant critic for the Sunday Age and her feature articles have profiled many of the world’s best chefs, including Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adria and Yotam Ottolenghi.
She’s a regular commentator on food trends and issues on Australian radio and television, and is a sought-after MC for events and presentations.
Dani is producer and content creator at danivalent.com, a website which showcases her cooking and travel videos – 250 and counting. Many of Dani’s videos feature guest chefs: she’s able to parlay her expertise into an easy rapport which gets chefs talking and sharing.
Dani is a trusted and credible brand advocate with strong, authentic relationships with both businesses and her audience. She is an ambassador for FareShare, a charity which musters a volunteer taskforce to rescue food and turn it into healthy meals for those in need.
Dani has written three Thermomix cookbooks, two of them honoured among ‘best in the world’ in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
As a features journalist, she has written profiles about politicians, astronauts and film stars, among many others. She is also a screenwriter: her feature film HERE (co-written with Braden King) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before touring the world.
For eight years, Dani travelled the world for guidebook publisher Lonely Planet, writing about places as varied as Bulgaria and Bonaire, Hong Kong and New York, India and Mississippi.