FOOD and the CITY | Rilka Warbanoff | Rilka’s Kitchen

Rilka will give a cooking demonstration and lead a panel discussion on the topic of Food and the City:

FOOD has become the sex of the city world. The word "foodie" has become common in our language and is used by anyone who watches a food show, knows the latest bar or the name of the hot new chef. The celebrity chef has become the pop star and the sex symbol of the food industry, so how can a city reinvent itself and use this concept of food porn as a tourism attraction? How does it impact Adelaide and how can it help to make our city stand out in the world of gastronomy?

Guest Panelists:
David Cooke | Director, City Collective
Jan Claxton | Owner, Ocean Rafting, Whitsunday Islands
Marnie Lock | Manager - City Activation, City of Holdfast Bay
Eoin Loftus | Chairman, SA Tourism Industry Council
Time: 8:15

Rilka Warbanoff

Owner | Rilka’s Kitchen
Rilka Warbanoff

Cook, teacher, entrepreneur, author, radio personality –flamboyant foodie Rilka Warbanoff is all of these and more.

Rilka’s focus on food started early, growing up in a Bulgarian family who owned supermarkets and hospitality businesses from the Barossa to Bordertown. While still at university, she joined the family business, running the Barossa Motor Lodge and winning the South Australian Tourism Award in 1982.

It was just the start of her winning ways. In the early 1990s, Rilka moved to Melbourne, where her vivacious personality, determination and sense of style ensured she made her mark.

Always an entrepreneur, Rilka established an executive placement business, acting as a global corporate headhunter and twice being named a finalist in the prestigious Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards. Her public profile blossomed as she became known as the voice of culinary culture on the high-rating Drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Known for her vast shoe collection and eye for fashion, Rilka always cuts a stylish figure, and was named Victoria’s Best-Dressed Woman by The Age newspaper. She is also well known for her contribution to the community, serving as Director of St Vincent Hospital and the Melbourne Zoo Foundation.

A force to be reckoned with on many fronts, Rilka’s first love has always been food. For her, preparing and sharing meals with friends and family is a joyful act, and since returning home to South Australia, Rilka has made her mark on the thriving Adelaide food scene.

Her book, Rilka’s Feasts, was published by HarperCollins in 2012, and she made a triumphant return to radio in 2014 became the ‘5AA Foodie’, with Adelaide listeners embracing her infectious enthusiasm and taking the show to the top of the ratings chart. Now also on Tuesday afternoons Sunday nights and 5MU on Thursday morning you can get a tip from Rilka anytime.

Realising that up to 40% of Australians have some kind of dietary restrictions, Rilka set up her cooking school in a specially renovated barn behind her Hahndorf home, to teach people that they could make and enjoy cost-effective, nutritious food in their own kitchens without sacrificing flavour and variety. Most of all, she shows that cooking is fantastic fun, with everyone sharing the meals they create with a glass or two of local Adelaide Hills wine.

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