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

The Australian media wants to talk about a high-profile criminal conviction but can't -- here's why


One of the Hunter Valley's most famous wineries just had a massive $8 million makeover


One of the world's biggest annual charity days by brokers just raised another $8 million



PHOTOS: The first F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in Australia's $17 billion fleet have finally landed on home soil


'You bunch of idiots': Australia's tech industry savages Labor for backing the government's encryption bill


Scotch whisky legend David Stewart has made history by appointing a millennial woman as his potential replacement



The cost of the massive Sydney steel sculpture dubbed 'the Big Tapeworm' has exploded to $22 million, bringing the project to a halt


Labor blinked at the last minute to pass the world's first laws to hack into encrypted messages


The Morrison government just walked away from crucial legislation to avoid losing a vote


The Labor MP accused of bullying and 'doing a Sharon Stone' is suing Buzzfeed for defamation


The Australian Parliament's final question time for 2018 was strangely quiet and polite - here's why


There's a push from Morrison government MPs to make Australians carry ID when they vote



The world's biggest ride-sharing platform is taking the fight to Uber and Ola in Melbourne


A corporate travel scandal at NAB is reportedly looking at more than $110 million worth of trips


Male parrots from an endangered monogamous species are running out of mates, so now they're hitting up breeding females for sex


The NSW government just revived one of the great Australian political cliches -- high-speed rail -- months out from an election



Cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother has been charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice over a fake terror hit list


Singapore Airlines has bought into Australian tech startup Data Republic as part of a $22 million raise


Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother has been arrested over a terror hit list that now appears to be fake


Toyota is being hit with a rash of counterfeit parts imports to Australia


Here's what it takes to be a co-founder


Malcolm Turnbull reveals he planned to hold an election on March 2, and wants Scott Morrison to follow through


Here's the final design for the massive new fish market planned for Sydney


The biggest Series B raise in Australian history just tipped $111 million into workforce software startup Deputy


GO HOME NOW: Authorities tell commuters to leave work early as Sydney's weather is about to get worse


CHART: Brace for more wild weather and rain to hit Sydney today


Australian lawyers are taking their $500 million class action against Uber national


PHOTOS: Wild weather and heavy rain have caused chaos across Sydney


Brace yourself Sydney; here come the Wednesday floods


Coalition MP quits to sit on the crossbench, leaving Scott Morrison's control over parliament in jeopardy


Deliveroo just expanded its delivery areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth - and added Hobart


Here's what makes an 18-year-old single malt the Roger Federer of whiskies


Andrew Thorburn blames 'process error' over dishonesty for charging customers millions in fees for nothing


Sacked ABC boss Michelle Guthrie has been paid $800,000, but wants more


VIDEO: This monster beehive in the roof of an Australian home took experts 12 hours to remove


You can now catch trains in Sydney using a credit card


A teenage trainspotter sums up everything that went wrong for the Coalition in the Victorian election


Sir Ian Botham: I'd have banned Dave Warner for 30 years over the sandpaper ball tampering


Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest is throwing $20 million behind the CSIRO's solution to one of the biggest problems holding back hydrogen-powered cars


Police have charged the father of a 9-month-old girl found dead on a Gold Coast beach with murder


Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond just sold part of his art collection for $1.5 million


The hunt is on for a high profile candidate to 'do a Wentworth' on Tony Abbott


Larry Pickering, the controversial cartoonist famed for nude political calendars, has died


Australian Ferrari dealers are having an open day for fans this Saturday


3 held over alleged plot to 'kill the maximum number of people possible' in a crowded space in Melbourne


Watch the banking royal commission live here


Heartbreaking footage of dead turtles in a marine park off Brisbane shows how dumping waste in the ocean kills


The expression 'drinking the Kool-Aid' was coined from a horrifying tragedy that happened 40 years ago today


Someone just paid more than $8 million for a 2-bedroom Toorak house - and now they're going to knock it down


Andrew Forrest unveils 'Global Rapid Rugby', a new format aimed at reviving interest in the struggling game