2017 HOSTS


Jesse Munro Gurugir | @LOREAUSTRALIA

Exploring Native Australian Teas and Bush Foods 

As an Aboriginal conservation biologist, I have always had a strong passion for our natural environment. I have shared my extensive knowledge of our indigenous foods and medicines through cultural walks, tours and cooking classes as well as workshops in Aboriginal health and wellness. In 2016, my lifelong passion and experience were channelled into launching LORE Australia: a health and wellness company that combines ancient wisdom with today’s wellness goals.



Bernard Chu  | @luxbite

Baking with Tea

I developed my love of baking from running around and playing with sugar and flour in my grandfather's Malaysian bakery. Having worked at top restaurants such as The Pier and Quay in Sydney, I decided to open my own dessert mecca, LuxBite, an Asian inspired French patisserie. My inspiration comes from childhood memories, and my love of travel and tea features frequently in my creations.




Jaimee Edwards| @fermentingprojects 

Discovering Kombucha

In my role as head fermenter for Cornersmith cafes, I teach workshops in all aspects of fermenting, including kombucha making. I am passionate about gut health and sustainable and ethical food practices, and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience at the tea festival this year.



LILIANA ALGORRY | @theteaatelier


I am a certified tea sommelier and blender, and the founder of The Tea Atelier, a company that specialises in tea training, tasting, sensory evaluation, food pairing, blending and high-end teas. I have been tied up with tea since childhood and my passion is to share tea culture in a contemporary way through educational activities, such as teaching in colleges and consulting to corporate companies around Sydney.



DAVID LYONS | @18ThirtyFour


With more than 18 years of tea industry experience I have worked to educate some of Australia's finest restaurants, five-star hotels, cafes and corporate clients in the way of tea. I’m the founder of 18ThirtyFour, a business dedicated to the education and promotion of quality leaf tea.