Published on December 30th, 2014 | by Ann Rickard


Celeb Authors Delight At Noosa

Mary Ryan’s Bookshop and berardo’s restaurant and bar joined forces two years ago with a goal to lure celebrity authors to Noosa.



The collaboration exceeded all expectations and as a result Noosa has welcomed many famous faces to town, authors who don’t usually put regional towns on their book tour itineraries.

Many of the celebrities have been chef/television personalities such as Manu who packed the house (mostly with women) and charmed everyone with his sexy French accent and behind-the-scenes gossip about his role as judge on My Kitchen Rules.

ann and Manu

Gary Mehigan also entertained a crowded house and gave his take on food, cooking and MasterChef.

Brisbane author Matt Condon held his audience spellbound when he promoted his book Jacks and Jokers, a follow-up book to Three Crooked Kings.

His insider knowledge of Queensland’s corruption in the ’70s which prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry led to many questions from his audience.

Seafood chef maestro Rick Stein did not hold back on revealing insights into filming his many television series and penning his numerous cookbooks.

Rick Stine Berardo's

A stand-out guest for his charm and good manners was former prime minister, John Howard.

He visited every table in the packed restaurant to shake hands and chat with his audience before taking to the floor to talk about his latest book, The Menzies Era.

Jamie Durie breezed into town and claimed the microphone as his alone when he talked about edible gardens.

Jamie Durie - Book launch at Berardo's


Patissier extraordinare Adriano Zumbo gave his audience ideas to create luscious sweet creations, and Julie Goodwin, the first ever MasterChef winner took to the Berardo’s microphone to give the know-how on bringing family meals to the table in 20 minutes for $20 and under.

Ricky Ponting wowed the cricket-loving crowd when he came to town to talk about his biography and the most recent guest, William McInnes, had the audience in tears of laughter as he related stories from his book, Holidays.

Ricky Ponting


Now the word has spread in literary circles and Noosa is a must-do destination for many best-selling authors.

We look forward to see who might pop in next year. S



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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