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Meet the team at EPIcURIOUS travel, who collaborate to provide a seamless, personalised service on each and every memorable journey.


Jennifer Wilkinson Owner / Director

Jennifer has a life-long passion for food, wine and travel. Following a successful career in economics and industrial relations, she left her profession to pursue her passions. After a year travelling and working in Europe, Jennifer returned to Australia and purchased a historic property in Beechworth, North East Victoria, which she turned into the highly acclaimed gourmet retreat, Finches of Beechworth. After 12 rewarding years at Finches she sold the business and established EPIcURIOUS travel, which combines Jennifer’s love for active travel with her expertise in providing great food, wine and hospitality. Jennifer is directly involved in her business, sometimes guiding and cooking on her Australian trips, as well as leading her tours in India, Italy, Spain and Peru. When she’s not travelling you will find Jennifer testing out new restaurants, finding the best local coffee and walking her dog Zephyr.

Meredith Zavattiero

Meredith joined EPIcURIOUS in June 2016 to provide administrative support. With a diverse career spent largely in the hotel and wholesale travel industries, Meredith brings a comprehensive understanding of the behind the scenes requirements for organizing seamless travel.

Together with her husband and two daughters, and occasionally even her dog, Meredith has travelled widely, whether it be extended explorations through Europe or simple cycling & camping expeditions within Australia, and is always dreaming of her next adventure.


Vanessa Perica

Vanessa is Croatian by blood, Italophile by nature. A trained jazz composer, who specialises in big band writing, she has enjoyed roles in the arts with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australian National Academy of Music and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Vanessa is delighted to now have a change of scenery with Epicurious Travel, where she can focus on her other passions in life – good food, wine, coffee, architecture and travel. Her position is administrative support and assisting with our marketing strategy.

Larapinta trail guides

Three of our talented guides from 2018 – Adrien Butler, Sam Bray and Elizabeth Chandler. Outstanding individuals with incredible diversity and skills in their career backgrounds. Adrien is our most experienced guide with qualifications in Leadership & Guiding, Outdoor Recreation, Rafting and Tourism. She has extensive experience in Australia and New Zealand. Sam is a fully qualified chef with international experience and has a passion for combining his love of the outdoors with food and wine. Elizabeth is an Osteopath by profession with experience and qualifications in Outdoor Recreation. Blessed to have such an amazing team!


Michael Ryan – Japan

Michael Ryan is one of regional Australia’s most respected chefs. With partner Jeanette Henderson, he is the owner of Provenance Restaurant in Beechworth, north-east Victoria, which in 2013 won Best Regional restaurant with Michael named as Chef of the Year. Michael has travelled and lived in Japan where he developed a passion for the intricacies of Japanese cuisine and culture. Michael’s warm and engaging nature is perfectly suited to leading culinary journeys. He is described as “generously sharing his deep knowledge and passion for Japan.”  His personal connections to prominent locals in the fast changing food and sake scene allow him to showcase the very best of Japan to guests.

Francine Van Hertsen – Puglia

We are thrilled to have Francine accompany us for a significant part of this journey. Boasting an impressive CV, Francine is an Art Historian and restorer who specialises in Italian painting of the 15th and 16th centuries. Her extensive experience has seen her assist in the restoration of paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Among other talents she has worked as Cultural Manager at several Olympic Games, MTV Music awards and World Cups. She speaks six langauges and lives and travels between Puglia, Rome, Paris and London.

Jim Hughes – Spain

Jim is Canadian born of Argentine parents and lives with his wife and two children in the beautiful city of Granada. Armed with an English Literature degree and a love of the Hispanic world, Jim left his native Canada to move to Spain and enter the world of tourism where he could enjoy his passions of walking and gastronomy. 

Alberto Azcon – Spain

 Alberto hails from Granada but has spent significant time travelling, studying and working in Morocco, Northern Ireland, the UK, Central America and the USA. This has given Alberto a useful insight into the many accents of English speakers!  Guiding throughout Spain for several years, Alberto has walked or cycled  the Camino de Santiago many times. Very patient and conscientious, Alberto has a real passion for his work and earns frequent praise.

Paloma Trillo – Spain

Paloma was born in a small fishing town near Finisterre, the Spanish land’s end, but now  lives in Santiago de Compostela. With a love of travel and art history, Paloma has worked as a guide throughout Spain,  and particularly Galicia, for 6 years, after living in Ireland, French Brittany and Cuba. Keen on hiking, music, animals, dancing and  history, Paloma has walked the Camino several times and loves to help people make the most of this ancient pilgrimage.

The Office Director – The World is his oyster

The Epicurious travel office would positively fall apart without the continuous support and vigilance of ‘The Office Director’, aka Zephyr. Presiding over daily duties from his Director’s chair, Zephyr ensures new visitors are thoroughly vetted, boundaries are safe and secure and a sense of calm is maintained in the office by offering free tummy rubs and hugs. The Director’s other skills include recycling: shredding papers and tipping up bins to ensure no tasty morsels go to waste, conserving energy: sleeping – a lot, and looking generally pretty spunky. It’s a hard job, but somedoggy’s got to do it.