“Don’t be surprised when you see his byline in 10 years; kid knows what he wants and how to get it. Respect.”
John Lethlean, The Weekend Australian, 2013
“The young Brisbane gourmand who’s turned heads in the restaurant industry with his relentless passion for food and a fearless attitude in approaching some of Brisbane’s biggest guns.”
Matt Shea, Broadsheet Media, 2016
Elliot Baker is a 21-year-old freelance journalist, currently based in Brisbane. He writes for online and print lifestyle publications, specialising in the topic of food and drink.
Elliot writes regularly for Broadsheet Brisbane about the city’s newest restaurants, cafes and bars. He has also written for The Upsider and FoodService Magazine. All of his published articles can be viewed through his Portfolio.
He has also been extensively written about in numerous print, digital, and broadcast media publications including The Courier Mail, The Age, The South-East Advertise, Broadsheet Media, and was interviewed live on television by Channel 10’s Studio Ten.
His greatest opportunity arose from his encounter with The Australian’s chief food and drink journalist, John Lethlean.
This led to two articles in The Weekend Australian, one written by Lethlean about their encounter, and a week later, Elliot’s first published article in the same column. This experience had a great influence on a fourteen-year-old Elliot, and set him on the path of becoming a journalist.
For media about Elliot, see the Press page.
From twelve years of age, Elliot gained work experience (known as staging) in restaurants and understands how tough the hospitality industry can be. Around that time, he decided to channel his passion for the food industry into his blog, Musings of a Young Gourmet (MYG). MYG featured restaurant reviews, recipes and travel pieces. His early self-publishing efforts can be attributed to the development of his writing over the years and has led to his participation at a young age in professional editorials. His MYG posts can also be viewed on this website.
At the conclusion of Elliot’s high school years when his friends chose to go to ‘schoolies’ on the Gold Coast, Elliot spent three-weeks in Barcelona. During his gastronomical holiday, Elliot had the privilege of dining at El Celler de Can Roca, which was titled ‘The World’s Best Restaurant 2015’ by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Since then, Elliot has travelled to India, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. He also spent six-months in Thailand as an exchange student, and became immersed in Thai culture, food and politics. For articles about his time in Thailand see here and his posts on QUT’s Gone Global Blog.
Elliot’s other interests include listening to alternative music, sport and travelling.