Languages. English & basic French, Italian, learning Spanish
Born. Adelaide, Australia
Rebecca Sullivan is a self-taught cook and has worked with some of the world’s best producers, environmental academics, activists, chefs and restaurants. As an eco-agronomist, activist, sustainable food writer, urban farmer and entrepreneur, Rebecca has worked on many a project any food lover would envy. From launching the Real Food Festival in London to working on Slow Food Nation in San Francisco, farming coffee in Uganda to teaching scientists the art of communications in the Maldives for the United Nations. Rebecca recently completed her Masters in International Rural Development and Sustainable Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College in Gloucestershire, UK during which she focused on food security and a sustainable food future and is now undertaking another Masters converting to a PhD in Food History at the University of Adelaide.
As well as working with impact investors in Dubai and New York as a Director, Rebecca lived overseas (predominately in the UK) for nine years and ran her own consultancy called Reap
& Sow, which if you hadn’t guessed specialised in all things food, agriculture and the environment with some social impact thrown in for good measure.
Rebecca’s obsession with food began in Italy, so it followed course that she would become interested in the Slow Food Movement in which she spent two years working with them in the UK and US organising events, campaigns and of course eating. She is extraordinarily passionate about heritage, tradition, sustainability and the things that we all love….good, clean and fair produce.
Rebecca has been writing her own column, Dirty Girl Diary for many years. She has recently re-settled back in Australia and has launched Dirty Girl Kitchen in Australia – a community-supported cooperative inspiring women to be more in touch with the land and old crafts, such as how to be a butcher, a baker or a candle stick maker as well as consulting to organisations, running events, catering, education and strategy work in and around the food, environment and lifestyle sectors and sustainability. Dirty Girl Kitchen is about bringing those communities of women from our Multi-cultural Australia together through those skills that involve getting ‘dirty’, from growing food to making soap, brewing stock to weaving a basket. These are what Rebecca has called ‘Granny Skills’. This concept has been so popular that it is now called the ‘Granny Skills Movement’.
In 2012, Rebecca signed on as a presenter on Love to Share on the TEN Network in Australia, has appeared regularly on Channel TEN’s The Circle and Breakfast Shows, as well as Channel Nine’s Morning and TODAY show. She is a popular presenter for her simple dishes, great advise and wonderful ideas for simple sustainable ideas we can all try at home. Rebecca is also an OZ Harvest, The Benevolent Society and Alzheimer’s Australia Ambassador and sits on the board of the Regional Development Agency in South Australia. Rebecca’s first book ‘Just Like Grandma Used to Make’, came out in April 2013 with a huge amount of great press including being listed in the top ten books in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Woman’s Day . Wish Magazine in The Australian have called her ” A veritable modern day Mrs Beeton.”