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


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