Maeve O’Meara’s whole life revolves around food and creating unique food experiences through Gourmet Safaris has been one of her proudest achievements. After showing her mother’s group one of her favourite Lebanese restaurants and realising that she could be a “bridge between worlds”, in 1998 Maeve began to craft banquets at some of her restaurant “finds”, then designed walking tours of Sydney’s many food villages, followed by bus tours and later safaris to beautiful food loving parts of Australia and overseas.
As well as designing and attending many Gourmet Food Safaris, Maeve also spends time hosting and producing food television with her partner Toufic Charabati at Kismet Productions, makers of nine series of Food Safari including Italian Food Safari, French Food Safari and Food Safari Fire, Food Safari Earth and Food Safari Water. Maeve was Food Presenter on top-rating lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens, winning two major international awards for her work on the show. She also created and co-presented 5 series of the acclaimed Food Lover’s Guide to Australia, winner of the coveted Gold Ladle in the World Food Media Awards for Best Food Television Program. She is author of 8 editions of Food Safari cookbooks, her original Food Safari – Glorious Adventures Across a World of Cuisines sold over 80,000 copies. She has co-authored 12 books on food including a cookbook Lamingtons and Lemongrass.
For many years Maeve has been a proud ambassador for food rescue charity OzHarvest.