Brett McGregor, author of the bestselling Taste of a Traveller and of A Taste of Home, won the very first MasterChef NZ title. Previously the deputy principal of a Branston Intermediate School in Christchurch, he has now established a career in Auckland as a food writer and TV host, and served as a food and wine ambassador for Mondo travel company. He has had a regular morning TV slot on Good Morning, contributed a regular column to Food magazine and a weekly column to New Idea, and featured in cooking demonstrations and TV promotions for Countdown supermarket. A seasoned traveller - having lived in Hong Kong for three years and travelled for 10 years visiting such places as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Morocco, North Africa, and Spain- Brett incorporates these experiences into his cooking. Since 2011, he has conducted food tours of Melbourne, Rome and Vietnam.