Mishka Gora is a writer, photographer, and historian-at-large. She studied history at Monash, UCLA, Brown, and UTas, and is passionate about making history fascinating and relevant to everyday life. Along with her husband, she has hosted exclusive historically themed dinner parties since 2004, incorporating authentic recipes from specific periods and regions with elaborate costumes and unabashed merrymaking. Her recreation of a complete 1874 period outfit won joint best costume at the Entally Colonial Fair in 2012. The idea for The Historian and the Chef came about when Mishka decided to take a holistic approach to her children's education, incorporating history and cultural studies into the art and science of food. She regularly writes on more ‘serious’ issues at Eyes of the Mind and in various publications.
Dirk Shaw is a Canadian-born pastry chef living in northern Tasmania. He was trained in Austria in the traditional manner during a five year apprenticeship followed by further training for his Masters. He has worked both in Australia and overseas in the finest of hotels such as the Regent, Hyatt, Relais & Châteaux, and Park Royal groups, as well as on ships of the Crystal Cruise and P&O Lines. After a stint on the technical side of baking, writing a pastry and baking 'Bible' for commercial use, Dirk returned to what he loves best: hands-on creation of baked delights for patisseries, resorts, and the like. He has won numerous medals, for both baking and fine dining. Dirk also brings considerable teaching experience to The Historian and the Chef, and is keen to impart his knowledge to a wider audience.
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