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Who am I?

Hi, my name is Brendon D’Souza and I’m a food writer and stylist living in Sydney, Australia. I do admit that my pen name may be slight misnomer. I’m not a pro chef, but let’s be honest, Brendon The Smiling Food Writer just didn’t have the same ring to it. None-the-less, food is a passion of mine. I live it and breathe it. I cook every day, sourcing the freshest ingredients money can buy. If I’m not cooking food, I’m reading about food, watching videos about food, dreaming about food or writing about food.

Why I blog about food

I want to change the way we think about our food. To create a desire for food that is produced in an organic and ethical manner. I would like to share my love of food with you all through a collection of stories and photographs about amazing dishes from around the world and the places where I learnt to cook them.

Thoughts on Veganism

Though I’m not strictly Vegan, I do really enjoy cooking and eating vegan and vegetarian meals during the week. I enjoy the challenge of turning ordinary plant-based ingredients into midweek marvels, and I firmly believe that consuming less animal products is not only beneficial to the animals themselves, but will help protect the environment for years to come. Also, there’s something about the vibrant colours, flavours and textures in vegan cooking that leave me feeling energised – it definitely puts a smile on my face. I’m not quite 100% vegan as yet, but I’ll never say never. Do you think I should give veganism a shot? Let me know in the comments below.

Who is this blog for?

If you are a young person (or young person at heart) who wonders what to cook for lunch or dinner each day then this you’ve come to the right place. My meal ideas are fresh and tasty, and most importantly easy to make because they feature things you’ve probably already got at home.

Foodie friends

Every now and then (if we’re lucky) we’ll get to catch up with some awesome people who are doing some great things with food. They’ll share their food memories and cultures and their favorite recipes.

Smiling & Dining @

Aside from cooking I love exploring the restaurant scene in Sydney and around the world. It allows me to gain great insight into current food trends and I’m often amazed by the quality of the meals I’ve tried and tasted on my #eatventures. The Smiling & Dining @ section of this blog features stories, reviews and delicious #foodpics of some delightful works of art that I’ve eaten on my journey. I keep my reviews as honest and objective as possible, and I like to review as many restaurants as possible, not just the fancy ones, in order to give you the reader the best possible overview of what to expect if you were to visit the venue yourself. I pay for all my meals but do fully disclose instances when the meal has been provided for me. I also publish my reviews at Zomato so if you are a member be sure to follow me to keep up-to-date with my Food Journey.

View my food journey on Zomato!

Let’s cook together!

I’d love to hear from you. Why do you love food? What makes food magical? How do you prepare your food? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter @bthesmilingchef or Instagram @brendonthesmilingchef. With that said its time to put our chef’s hats on and let the cooking begin!

Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling 🙂

Smiling Chef in the media

I’ve been featured in the following publications:

Want to continue the discussion? Check out my FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest and Tumblr pages. Alternatively you can email me via the contact form below or brendon@brendonthesmilingchef.com.

*Writer’s note. Unless credited otherwise, all images and content on this website are property of Brendon The Smiling Chef and Brendon D’Souza. Excerpts and images may be used, provided that full credit is given to Brendon The Smiling Chef, with specific direction to the original content, such as a link or URL. If you have any queries about this copyright policy, please send me a message via the contact form above.


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the whole concept behind your blog and all this smiling is wonderfully contagious! And your food? Yum I say, YUM!


  2. Hey- just came across your blog in a comment feed on another blog and your title caught my attention. What a great positive vibe you have going on here! I see you’re also another Australian (me too!) I look forward to following your blog. I will like your page on FB with my Treat Yourself Sweeter FB page too.


    1. Hi Kirsten, thanks very much for the lovely comment, it really means a lot to hear such positive feedback. It’s great that we were able to connect. I’ve just had a look at your site and I’m loving it! Keep up the great work and keep smiling 🙂


  3. Patty Nguyen says:

    Looking forward to your posts, Brendon! 😀


    1. Thanks very much Patty 🙂


  4. Hi Brendon, thanks for the visit and I’m glad you did because i was able to find your blog. I’m a huge fan of food so I’ll be returning with interest.

    On a side note, I can’t believe how many Australian bloggers there are out there. Per capita, you guys must be top dogs 🙂


    1. That’s great to hear that you liked my blog Shane, I’ll be looking out for your posts too. I think we’ve very luck to experience the wonderful food-related media that has been broadcast from all over the world. I think it was shows like Masterchef Australia that definitely spread the discussion about food in this nation.


  5. Dana Fashina says:

    Hey Brendan,

    You’ve been doing a lot of cool stuff lately so I want you to know I nominated you for a Liebster award!
    You can pick it up here:


    1. Thank you very much Dana, that’s so kind of you 🙂


  6. Sinfully Tempting says:

    Fantastic blog! Love the recipes and photos! 🙂


    1. Thanks very much Jeannette, I’ve followed your blog so now i can see your great recipes too. That roast pork looks sinfully divine 🙂


    2. Thank you very much Jeanette 🙂


  7. Very true the things you say about food 🙂 Gorgeous Blog as well, I look forward visiting more!


    1. Thank you very much Marie, great to hear from you 🙂


  8. I just found your blog- I am so glad someone else feels the same about food as I do! I LOVE when that happens! I’m extremely passionate about it, think about it all the time, and love coming up with new things to make. I write about living an organic lifestyle on a budget, feel free to check my blog out any time! Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂


  9. Hi Brendon! I love your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Here’s my post in case you’d like to participate & pass on the recognition: http://theseasonedtraveler.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/thanks-giving/comment-page-1/#comment-314
    Congrats! Keep on smiling 🙂


    1. Hi Laura,

      Thank you for the kind words. That’s very nice of you to nominate me for the Liebster Award. I’d be honoured to participate and nominate as well. I’ll have a look at your post and take part. Thank you very much and I will definitely keep smiling and hope you do too 🙂


  10. ohlidia says:

    Hey Brendon! Thanks for your visit… it has led me to your great blog and gorgeous recipes!


    1. Hi Lidia,

      You’re very welcome. Your blog is great. I love your header banner. I think it’s great that you photo every step of your recipes. Keep up the good work. I’ll keep reading 🙂


  11. cate b says:

    What a great blog. Thank you for the follow. 😀


    1. Thank you Cate. I came across your blog through another food blog, and then I saw your writing blog as well. Keep up the good work. And thank you too for the follow 🙂


      1. cate b says:

        you are so welcome! 😀


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