Julie Biuso

Food writer and acclaimed chef

Julie Biuso has a passion for food. You might say it's her life. She began her career at the Cordon Bleu School of Cookery in London and later became Principal of the franchised Cordon Bleu Cookery School in New Zealand. She went on to open her own cooking school, La Dolce Vita, but eventually shifted gears to pursue her writing career.

She has had a long and successful career in food journalism, and on radio and television including being a regular guest on breakfast television for 5 years and having her own television series on Italian cuisine. She is the author of 12 food books and one semi-autobiographical book and is currently Food Editor of Taste and Your Home & Garden magazines.

Julie has an impressive list of credits to her name, including five Gourmand World Cookbook awards, and a Montana Book Award and a Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award. She has also been awarded the University of Canterbury Food Journalism Award and a Gold Ladle in the World Food Media Awards, and been elected the NZ Guild of Foodwriters' Food Feature Writer and the Montana Food & Wine Writer of the Year.

Her love for good food shines through her work and her mission is to keep people cooking because she believes food is the glue that holds families together. She is a founding jury member of the international movement SLOW FOOD which upholds the principles of good food and wine, and is a member of the Slow Food on Film Food & Film Academy. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her Italian husband and two children.


1983-1996 Food Editor More Magazine

1987-2003 Contributing Food Editor Cuisine Magazine

2003-2008 Food Editor ACP Magazines, various titles (NZ Home & Entertaining, Your Home & Garden, Woman’s Day, Taste)


1999-2003 Food Editor VIVA, Food, Wine & Lifestyle supplement, New Zealand Herald

2000-2002 Food Editor Saturday Seasonal Feature, New Zealand Herald

Television & Radio

1998-2003 Weekly presenter Breakfast Show, Television One, Television New Zealand

1992-2002 Cookbook reviewer ‘Cooking the Books’ with Julie Biuso, Radio New Zealand


1986 First cookbook, All This and More, published

1989 Julie Biuso Cooks Italian published in conjunction with a 7 Part Television Series of the same name for TVNZ

1991 Julie Biuso Cooks Vegetables, published by Hodder & Stoughton

1992 The Joy of Good Food, published by Hodder Headline 1997 Julie Biuso's Italian Cooking, published by CJ Publishing

1998 Food and travel book The Long Italian Lunch published by Random House

1999 Take A Vine-ripened Tomato published by New Holland (NZ)

2000 FRESH, published by New Holland (NZ)

2001 Dancing On My Table, Perspectives On Life and Food published by New Holland (NZ) New Zealand consultant for NZ-Australian Readers Digest book Like Grandma Used To Make

2002 Viva L'Italia, published by New Holland (NZ)

2003 The Long Italian Lunch (European version) published by New Holland (UK) Hot Nights Cool Days published by New Holland (NZ)

2006 Sizzle Sensational Barbecue Food, published by New Holland (NZ)

2008 Sizzle Sensational Barbecue Food, American version, published 2008

2013 At Home, published by New Holland (NZ)


2009 Never-ending Summer has won the award for the Best Barbecue Book in New Zealand in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

2008 Sizzle Named Best BBQ Book In the History of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

2007 Awarded a Special Prize by the Gourmand World Cookbook Award’s Jury for career achievements

2006 SIZZLE Sensational Barbecue Food wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best BBQ Book

2005 Gold Ladle World Food Media Awards for Best Food Section In a Magazine

2002 Viva L'Italia wins Best Photography award International Gourmand Cookbook Awards

2001 Dancing On My Table wins Best Food Literature in English Language and Best Food Literature In The World, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Sorges, France

1999 Take A Vine-ripened Tomato wins Booksellers' Choice Award NZ, Winner of the Montana Book Awards, Lifestyle section, for cookbook FRESH, Winner University Of Canterbury (NZ) Food Journalism Award for food pages in VIVA, NZ Herald

1999 Take A Vine-ripened Tomato wins award for the Best Mediterranean Cuisine Cookbook at the Versailles World Cookbook Awards in France (Now called Gourmand) 1997 Winner of the NZ Guild of Foodwriters' 'Montana Food & Wine Writer of the Year' Award

1994 Winner of the NZ Guild of Foodwriters' Awards: Fishing Industry Fine Fish Fare Award 1993 Winner of The NZ Guild of Foodwriters' Awards Food Styling Award (Non-Advertising)

1991 Winner of the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Award "Food Industry Book Award" for Julie Biuso Cooks Vegetables (this was our premiere book awards at the time, morphed into the Montana awards)