About Gourmet Chick

My name is Cara Waters and I am a journalist and blogger based in Melbourne.  This blog is a record of travels, restaurants, cook books (my porn) and kitchen adventures. Most restaurant and travel reviews are conducted anonymously and generally accompanied by MTV which is a reference to meat and three veg, his favourite type of meal.

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I aim to find the best places to eat out in Melbourne, London and around the world . This doesn’t necessarily mean they are the most expensive places or Michelin star places (although I do like to go to those when I have not blown my entire salary on shoes). I like to eat everywhere gourmet whether it is a street stall, pizza joint or a high end restaurant.

I’ve set out the answers to the questions I get asked the most but if you have more questions just let me know and I will do my best to help.
Who are you?
I’m a journalist by day and I write Gourmet Chick by night.  

How often do you visit a restaurant before reviewing?

I spend my own hard earned cash eating out so it is pretty rare for me to have the luxury of visiting a restaurant several times before writing a review. Usually I just go once but I assume that most of you are in the same boat and can’t afford to visit a restaurant multiple times either.

Where can I read more about Gourmet Chick?

  • Tomatom (April 2014) ranked Gourmet Chick as second in a list of Melbourne’s top 200+ bloggers.  
  • Bandt (April 2014) also covered Gourmet Chick’s number two ranking
  • Sunday Style magazine (August 2013) included Gourmet Chick as one of its “top notch bloggers”.  They said “Waters chronicles her search for Melbourne’s best eating and drinking, along with travel tales and recipes. Engaging and well-written, Gourmet Chick posts regularly – but isn’t caught up in ambulance-chasing openings.  A good read.”
  • The City Apartment Book (April 2013) ranked Gourmet Chick as one of its five best luxury and lifestyle blogs
  • Qantas (July 2012) featured Gourmet Chick as a travel ambassador on its website Hooroo.
  • My Travel Money (July 2012) ranked Gourmet Chick as one of its Top 10 Foodie Travel Blogs.
  • Edge Retreats (April 2012) ranked Gourmet Chick as one of the world’s Top 20 luxury travel blogs.
  • Mise En Place (April 2012) featured an interview with me where I talked about my favourite chef and pet restaurant hate.
  • The Guardian (November 2011) featured Gourmet Chick in its Christmas Gift Ideas
  • Cision (November 2011) ranked Gourmet Chick as the number one UK Food and Travel blog.
  • London Confidential (August 2011) featured an interview with me covering everything from extreme diets to signature dishes.
  • Food News Journal (January 2011) highlighted the Gourmet Chick interview with Antonio Carluccio in “Best of the Blogs
  • Top Table (December 2010) featured Gourmet Chick as “one of the UK’s top food bloggers”, and I was featured again on Top Table in January 2011March 2011 and in December 2011.
  • Olive magazine (July 2010) featured Gourmet Chick as blog of the month. Olive said: “Cara Waters is an Aussie living in London, and her blog offers a great mix of recipes and restaurant reviews plus coverage of some exciting foodie trips. There are lots of lovely pics to inspire you and appealing recipes such as her lemon and chicken cous cous.”
Can I work with Gourmet Chick?
Yes.  I have partnered with brands including Qantas, WoolworthsDyson and various restaurants, hotels and tourism bodies. Get in touch with me at missgourmetchick@gmail.com.au for a rate card.
Do you let restaurants know you are reviewing them?
I generally visit restaurants anonymously and I pay for everything myself. Sometimes I am invited along to try a restaurant but I always make this clear in the review and not paying for a meal is no guarantee of a good review.
What camera do you use for photographs?
All the photographs on this site are taken by me or MTV. When I am visiting a restaurant I try to take photos discreetly as I don’t want to ruin the experience of other customers and to be frank you look somewhat strange/obsessive taking photos of your food anyway so I rely on a point and shoot rather than an SLR.  I have the brilliant Sony Cybershot  DSC RX-100 which is pretty much the closest camera you can get to an SLR without it being an SLR.  So any bad photography can only be blamed on me (ok and dim restaurant lighting) rather than the camera.  If you want to use any of the photos please just ask first.
What about travel? 
I lived in London for five years where I took advantage of being able to get to Europe in less than two hours.  Now that I have moved back to Melbourne it is not quite so quick, easy and cheap to travel but I try to keep on satisfying my wanderlust with trips in Asia and around Australia.   For me, experiencing new food and flavours is one of the joys of travelling and I have been known to schedule holidays purely around where the best places are to eat. MTV boyfriend is a patient man! You can find all my restaurant reviews outside Melbourne and London by clicking on the “Travel” link underneath the main heading.
What about cooking?
I eat out a lot but I do love to cook so I have also included some of my favourite recipes, reviews of cookbooks, the best places for gourmet shopping and even reviews of cooking classes. You can find this all under “Other” in the side panel.
You still have more questions?
I love reading your questions and comments on the blog so please keep them coming and let me know if there are any places you think I should check out. If you have any more questions or comments that you want to take “off line” you can also get in touch with me directly at missgourmetchick[at]gmail[dot]com if you feel the urge to invite me to a fabulous party or restaurant opening (I can only live in hope). Otherwise you can follow me on Instagram at @carawaters, on Twitter at @carawaters and on the Gourmet Chick Facebook page.


  1. Michelle and Rob back in Melbourne are loving your work here gourmet-chic! Can’t believe we didn’t know about this earlier.

  2. Thanks Michelle – I guess I have Alice to blame! Hope you are both well.

  3. Great website gourmet-chick

    Hopefully add some Melbourne restaurants on here this summer!


  4. Thanks Fernie – look out Melbourne…

  5. Really enjoying your blog – thanks! Starting to do similar myself… Will check back in regularly. Sasha

  6. Sasha – thanks alot keep me posted when you set up your blog

  7. I found out about this website at a wedding I attended recently on 26 Feb. It’s fabulous! Gourmet Chick you really know your stuff, I will read it religiously from now on!

  8. Thanks Vicky – I think this website got rather over publicised at that wedding! It is a bit of a shock to the system to be back in the cold.

  9. I find your blog very interesting and the writing lively! I am going to signal it to my London cousin!
    By the way, my guide to Beirut page is not operational yet, sorry; for tips on places in Beirut, here is what I would do:
    contact Kamal Mouzawak; to find out who he is, I wrote an interview on him in my blog; he is the most knowledgeable person on Lebanese cuisine and he also owns a restaurant (also reviewed in the same post); otherwise, one great place is Al-Ajami, and Abdel-Wahab. I included a contact address for Kamal on the post. Hope you have a great time there!

  10. Thanks very much for the tips Taste of Beirut (and the compliment!) we had a great time in Beirut with many fantastic meals.

  11. Hey Gourmet Chick!

    I’m a 20 year-old foodie who has just discovered your site! This is absolutely amazing and totally inspiring!
    I’m studying to be a chef and can absolutely appreciate another girl with a love for food and adventure, if I was able I would be in France, Spain, Morocco, enjoying the food and trying to steal as many recipes as possible!
    I just wanted to say keep up the good work, and I will keep an eye on the site in future, (as my hubby says) my internet porn quota hehe
    Much love and support,
    Emma (foodie and wine-lover, and admirer of fine chefs and food)

  12. Emma – wow lucky you studying to be a chef – I am jealous. Thanks for your kind comments.

  13. Wicked site, I’m going to give the parcel cooking a try (love seafood). Really like the photos too, I’m hungry just looking at them.

    The idea of having pages for breakfast, lunch, dinner etc is a good one and (if you don’t mind) I’m going to pinch it for my blog 🙂

    Also, picking up the price theme of your comment on the pesto recipe, thinking that it might be a good idea to have some searches based on recipe cost (e.g. £1-2, £2-5, £5-10, etc) – do you think that’d be worthwhile?

    Thanks for lots of ideas!

  14. Scott – Thanks for the feedback and good to hear this has been some inspiration for your blog. Good suggestion on the price points and I will have a think about how I can incorporate that.

  15. What do you think about Australian Masterchef?


  16. I am watching it! Quite different to the UK version but I am a sucker for cooking programs on TV

  17. I totally disagree with your revue of Senhora Mae in Lisbon, we enjoyed it so much we ate there not once but twice!

    The food was superb, wine was excellent.

  18. Anon – Interesting that you say that – maybe it has improved? It was a while since I was there but all four of the people I ate with had the same experience. Good to hear you enjoyed your meal and wine.

  19. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and trying out your delicious recipes. They always turn out so well on the first go and your writing style is very good. You are my inspiration to start my own blog and catalogue my favourite tried and tested recipes. Thank you and look forward to reading more of your stuff.

  20. I just came across your website through a mutual friend on linkedin and think it is great. I’m always trying to find new restaurants to try in London and struggle to find a good site to rely on – think yours will be first port of call from now on!

  21. Tina – That’s great to hear. Let me know if you start your own blog – it is great fun.

    Marnie – Thanks for letting me know (the wonders of linkedin as well!) London can be a bit of a minefield sometimes so I hope this helps.

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  23. Hi there!

    We have just come across your gorgeous blog and are very impressed!

    We’ve recently started our own blog called Honey & Lulu which focuses on food, fashion and lifestyle and we are looking for fellow blogs to support us! So, we were just wondering whether you would be interested in following our blog and we will definately be following yours back!

    All the best with your adventures

    Chloe & Sarah

  24. Hi there

    Are you able to email me at liz@harveypublicity.com.au with the best contact email address for yourself? hoping to send you an invitation.

    Warm regards


  25. hey, when u next in London, check out these guys called wrap it up! in Liverpool St, opp the station, they do some foods which no one else is doing… try the Caribbean roti or the jerk… or even the turkish! please do a write up on them! worth it!

  26. Lovely food photography gourmet chick. Let me know if you are ever visiting Koh Samui as we have some excellent restaurant recommendations.

  27. Just popped by your blog and I have to say I’m jealous! Melbourne and London are two of my favourite cities (I’m lucky enough to be living in Melbourne myself) but looks like you’ve had the best of both worlds! 🙂

  28. Hi Cara

    We are a PR Agency which works with several travel, lifestyle and food and wine clients.

    Please could you send me a copy of your media it, if you have one?

    many thanks!

  29. Hi Cara,
    so great to discover your site (whilst I was googling for Singapore markets). I’ve been living in Singapore for 2 and half years, but I’m from Melbourne and also spent 7 years in London until 2010. Anyway, even more thrilled to discover your Montenegro post, I’m visiting at Easter so I will use your notes as a guide. Many thanks!

  30. Hi, hope you are well.

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    The menu is specially prepared to match with the intense flavour of single malt whisky; working with Ivo Silva (The Athenaeum’s resident whisky sommelier) we have created the perfect pairing. During the afternoon tea our waiters are available to offer advice and tasting notes to keen whisky-drinking patrons.

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  31. Hi There

    Just wondering if you would be interested in writing an article/review on Elruh Tea

    Feel fee to check out our site and let me know.

    Maddie xx

  32. Hello,

    Just wondering if you will be giving away Taste of Melbourne tickets this year?


    1. Hi Julie

      Hopefully – I have been given some to give away the past two years. Fingers crossed!


  33. Hi,

    We are very close to opening an interesting Chicken and Burger place with Mexican and Spanish flavours.

    Was hoping to send you an invite. Can you please send me your email address.

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