- Tawnya Bahr is a business leader and entrepreneur. She was the recipient of the 2017 TAFE NSW Excellence Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- She is a pioneer, an innovator, an original thinker. She was awarded 2018 Australian Culinary Advocate of the Year by Gault & Millau L’expert Gourmand.
- Was 2019 International Women’s Day guest speaker for Women in Hospitality.
- Sits on the innovation advisory panel for Fine Food Australia and has facilitated many professional panel discussions focussing on food trends.
- Is a prominent judge for the Royal Agricultural Society and Acting Chair of Judges for the RAS Fine Food Competition and professional restaurant reviewer.
- Is the Group Executive Chef of The Orchard Early Learning Centres.
- Reframe career
Tawnya moved from a successful career in IT in the USA to moving to Australia and starting from the ground up a new business in the food industry, repurposing her skills, networking and educating herself to becoming one of the leading food consultant chefs in Australia.
- Finding your purpose
Tawnya was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. She talks about resilience, her lifestyle changes, motherhood, career compromises and following her passion on the back of being a cancer survivor.
- Navigating our food source
Tawnya has been taking chefs and the public across Australia to learn firsthand where our food comes through Straight To The Source. She can share her story and passion for our Australian growers, regenerative agriculture, sustainable ingredient sourcing, draught and bushfire consequences to our rural communities and city farmers markets.
- Female leadership
Tawnya is a highly respected food industry expert and communicator. She mentors’ entrepreneurs and critical thinkers in the pursuit to take their concept to market.
- Challenging perceptions
Tawnya is an American female chef running two businesses and a family in Sydney Australia. She’s a pioneer that has taken many risks (not all have worked mind you) and continues to grow and pull people up with her along the way.
- Diversity in children’s dining experiences
Tawnya is experienced in writing children’s menus and developing kid food recipes for cafes and early learning centres. She works with leading dietitians in writing menu’s that children enjoy eating. An advocate for educating children and parents from all cultures and backgrounds and inspiring them to get creative in the kitchen, cook food that looks amazing and tastes great.