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Meet the team at EPIcURIOUS travel, who collaborate to provide a seamless, personalized 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 actively involved in her business, sometimes guiding and cooking on her Australian trips, as well as leading her tours in India and Spain. When she’s not travelling you will find Jennifer testing out new restaurants and walking her dog Zephyr.

Linda McCormick

Linda works behind the scenes at EPIcURIOUS travel ensuring the office, website and finer details are attended to while the rest of the team are off gallivanting. Originally from Northern Ireland, Linda has travelled extensively through Europe, South East Asia and Australia/NZ. She lived in London for 15 years, meant to move to Barcelona, but managed to end up in Melbourne. She is a travel writer and editor with ten years’ publishing experience in print and online media. Linda has worked with a number of companies in a marketing capacity to help promote their business and has been networking on social media sites since the dinosaur days of DIGG. Linda brings her management, marketing and communications expertise to EPIcURIOUS travel.

Michael Ryan

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.

Alok Singh

Alok has worked with EPIcURIOUS travel for 5 years – he is “our man on the ground in India.” Residing in Delhi, Alok has worked in the luxury travel industry for over 13 years designing, researching and leading tours in his beloved country. He was a professional cricketer as a young man and still holds an immense passion for the game and loves to play wherever the opportunity arises. His other loves are history, culture and Indian food. He is a fabulous travelling companion who brings gregarious to a whole new level.

Jen Andrew

Jen is passionate about supporting people keen to explore some of Australia’s most extraordinary places on foot. Jen grew up bushwalking and camping in Victoria, but has since made Tasmania home, drawn by the allure of great walking.  She spends the summer season guiding in Tasmania, and heads to the incredible arid zone for the winter season. Jen has been guiding multi-day bushwalks for nine seasons, so understands how rewarding and rejuvenating adventures in the bush can be. The beautiful and powerful Red Centre has captured her heart, and Jen will return to lead the Larapinta season with EPIcURIOUS in 2016. With regards to food, Jen delights in delivering EPIcURIOUS’ outstanding menu in the most magical of dining rooms.

Alyssa Hawley

Alyssa is a keen adventure seeker and experienced guide who loves surfing, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing and would take up almost any challenge. She has worked as a guide for the past 5 years in a variety of settings, from World Heritage Areas in the highlands of Tasmania to bathing elephants in the Mekong river in Laos. With a Certificate IV in Outdoor recreation under her belt and her current study, Youth Work, she wishes to pursue a career in Bush Adventure Therapy. Her infectious zest for life and appreciation for fabulous food makes her great to be around at camp and on the trail.

The Office Director

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.