Simon Thomsen

Simon has worked as a restaurant critic for nearly 20 years, including six editions as co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

In a past life, Simon wandered the world, working as a chef and waiter before deciding he wields a pen better than a knife. That led to him buying a newspaper in northern NSW, aged 28, before selling it to APN News & Media 15 years later.

During that period, Simon served on regional development panels and was a councillor on the industry lobby group Australian Business Ltd (now the NSW Business Chamber), chairing its environment committee during the Kyoto agreement era.

As executive life editor at Business Insider, his job is to help you find the best ways to spend the money the rest of the BI team shows you how to make.

Simon’s wife calls him the World's Most Sustainable Fisherman because, despite wetting a line regularly, he takes nothing from the sea.

What's Happening

Valve, one of the world's biggest video games companies, just lost a major legal fight in Australia over a $3 million fine


I CHARGE DEAD PEOPLE: CBA planners billed dead clients for 'advice' - one for a decade after they died


One of America's biggest burger chains, In-N-Out, is suing a small Australia group with two stores, claiming it's copying them



The latest scheme by the couple behind a failed Tasmanian whisky investment has gone into liquidation


Google's plans for its next Australian HQ are in limbo


Complaints about Australia's telecommunications had another massive jump in late 2017



Israel Folau says Rugby Australia misrepresented his meeting with them over comments on gays and he actually offered to quit the game


Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has collapsed


Australian wine exports to China just smashed through the $1 billion mark


The future of the Mad Max series is in doubt, with the Australian producer battling Warner Bros in court over money


'WE GOT IT WRONG': Commonwealth Games Chairman apologises after ditching a key tradition from the closing ceremony


The end is coming for 'Sydney's favourite pub' - Paddington's Four in Hand



A Nigerian wrestler had an insane victory celebration after she won gold


Cricket Australia's new TV deal is worth $1.2 billion - here's what you need to know


Two Indian athletes have been thrown out of the Commonwealth Games for a needle in their room


NINE WALKS FROM CRICKET



Uber rival Ola has launched in Melbourne


A legendary Australian winemaker is fighting to save his 180-year-old family farm with a crowdfunding campaign


Cult kitchen gadget business Thermomix has been fined $4.6 million over misleading conduct


Confidential documents reveal just how much everyone changed their minds on Sydney's $2 billion stadia saga


3 Australian runners delivered a masterclass in sportsmanship at the Commonwealth Games


The Tasmanian DJ who headbutted former PM Tony Abbott has been jailed for six months


ASIC has launched criminal proceedings against Clive Palmer over his Coolum golf resort


David Warner won't appeal his 12-month suspension from cricket


Australia's privacy commissioner is coming after Facebook over Cambridge Analytica


Australian surfing champ Mick Fanning has just missed out on a fairytale ending at Bells Beach


CHAMP is selling Australia's biggest wine business, Accolade, to another private equity firm for $1 billion


Sydney's oldest live music venue, The Basement, has finally confirmed it's closing, but promises a comeback


Australia's biggest wind farm has been approved in NSW and will generate enough power for 500,000 homes


An energy company is looking to buy an ageing power station in Victoria -- and it would be a massive favour to the Turnbull government


NBN CEO Bill Morrow will resign at the end of 2018


Justin Hemmes is killing off his BBQ restaurant at Manly Wharf and going Cantonese instead


A huge bloc of Malcolm Turnbull's backbench have formed a pro-coal group to lobby the government


Two Victorian MPs have smashed a key political convention after asking to be excused for 'religious reasons' then turning up on Good Friday to vote


Australian men's cricket coach Darren Lehmann is resigning


STEVE SMITH: 'I am sorry... I’ll regret this for the rest of my life'


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has changed her mind on knocking down Sydney's Olympic stadium


Uber is launching its carpooling option in Sydney


PHOTOS: Perth's new Qantas Dreamliner lounge includes yoga classes, 'light therapy' and outdoor BBQ


This Australian mowing app is using satellite images to take on the $3 billion gardening industry


An Australian AI startup run by Google Australia's former MD just raised $8.8 million


The late Aboriginal artist Gurrumul's final album is coming and the first track is mindblowingly brilliant


An ex-AFL player wrote a brilliant, cheeky headline on cricket's cheating scandal for the NT News


Legendary Sydney live music venue The Basement is closing after 45 years


ICC bans Steve Smith from fourth Test as Cricket Australia apologises to fans for cheating


Australia's most expensive new car comes with a $1.5 million tax bill


3 more telcos are compensating another 5000 customers over NBN speeds they paid for but couldn't get


F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is auctioning off his Aston Martin for charity


Australia's biggest companies have promised to 'invest more' if they get a company tax cut


Lexus is building a 20-metre luxury yacht