John and Kate Lethlean, Tour Leader - Jon Baines Tours

Jon Baines ToursJohn and Kate Lethlean

John Lethlean is a food writer, journalist and restaurant critic with The Australian. Prior to  News Ltd he plied his trade for Fairfax Media at The Age and as a Melbourne-based editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller. “Food is obviously something that’s very important to me, more as a conduit to joy and happiness than an intellectual pursuit,” says John, a Victorian based outside Melbourne in the foodie haven of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. “I love travelling - who doesn’t? - but I travel to eat. To me there is little more exciting than listening to a society, a culture, through its food, both traditional and contemporary.”  

Kate Lethlean is a Cordon Bleu (Paris) trained cook who has lived a culinary life in Europe travelling, cooking and writing for 20 years. She has contributed to numerous leading publications and cookery books and worked on the Formula One and Moto GP circuits, for the British Royal Family, and Skibo Castle. She also spent five years in the UK as senior teacher and demonstrator at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine, London. These days she is a cookery book publicist and rare-breed chicken fancier and assists John with research and vital eating support. 

John and Kate Lethlean will be leading these tours

  • Fethiye

    Cuisine and Culture Gulet Cruise in Turkey - TOUR FULL

    13 - 21 Sep 2019

    The southwest coast of Turkey has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, with good reason. Vivid blue waters off spectacular coastlines with ancient heritage are enough of a drawcard in...
    • Cultural Tours
  • Visit the lovely village of Veules Les Roses in Normandy

    Cuisine & Culture Cruise on the Atlantic Coast

    20 Aug - 1 Sep 2018

    The culture, history and geography of a country shape its cuisine, as surely as waves and wind carve a landscape. On this cruise along the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain and Portugal, you will...
    • Cultural Tours