The Ambient Menu – when the science of food meets the science of sound.


Introducing Amanda McInerney, from Lambs Ears and Honey. She has joined the Ambient Menu as our guest restaurant reviewer. While I know the science of sound, Amanda knows the science of food!



Between us, we can guide you to restaurants that provide fantastic food with easy conversation; this combined gives you a memorable evening.


For those of you who have read my reviews, you will see I love food. I really love food. But any time I am not cooking for my family, I think it is a gastronomical feast. I could go to maccas and eat cold nuggets, and I would still think it is 5 stars because I’m grateful I didn’t have to cook, and other peoples cooking always tastes good to me.


Venues that meet the Ambient Menus research-based accreditation criteria; deserve an honest, research-based food review from someone who knows what they are talking about. That is where Amanda comes in.


She is the creator and author of Lambs’ Ears and Honey, the food and travel blog that is now heading into its 12th year. Here is a photo of her as a guest presenter recently at Cheese-fest educating the audience (while I am in the crowd eating the said cheese).




Despite, or more likely because of, coming from a home not even vaguely known for much culinary expertise or even interest, Amanda turned into a half-way decent cook with a passionate interest in all aspects of food – particularly the stories around where our food comes from.


Turning her attention to the academic side of food, she studied the Le Cordon Bleu Masters in Gastronomy here at Adelaide University and went on to complete the Le Cordon Bleu Graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Taste in Paris in 2019, having her thesis examining immigrant food accepted by the University of Reims in 2021.


Amanda has long been a committed champion of local food producers, seeking them out, sharing their stories and singing their praises well before it became ‘a thing’. As a result, her food writing has been published widely.


She’s worked with Tasting Australia, and tourism boards both here in Australia and internationally. She often shares the food stories of producers that she meets on her travels.


Driven by intense curiosity (and just a bit of nosiness) Amanda has learned from food experiences that stretch from meeting family noodle makers in a jungle village in Cambodia, to wandering through dairy cow sheds in Bulgaria, to sharing a drink with British food celebrities in the swanky bars of Vancouver, and eating in Michelin starred restaurants around the world – and still couldn’t tell you which was her favourite.


She’s never happier than when she’s on a fact-finding mission, and revels in the joy of disappearing down research rabbit holes. We share the love of learning more about our fields, communication and food, and we are both consistently blogging and educating others about what we have recently discovered.


So a big welcome to Amanda to the team. Keep following us to see what she has to say about Ambient Menu Accredited venues.


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