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

When a government senator was asked if he knew he was voting on 'It's ok to be white', he replied 'I don't know and I don't care'


The NSW government just spent $300 million on a new football stadium -- and now the team it's built for doesn't want to play there


An Australian senator tried to pass a motion saying 'it's okay to be white' - and the government backed it



Peter Brock's dual Bathurst-winning Commodore is now the country's most expensive Australian-made car


Sydney's new $729 million football stadium will have trees growing on it, but still no closed roof


Rockpool Dining Group is the latest high profile restaurant company forced to hand over millions to underpaid staff



The CEO behind a $13m horse race accused the Sydney Opera House of being 'elitist' over advertising it on the sails


Virgin is launching voice-activated check-in on Amazon's Alexa in Australia


Sydney's CBD light rail now won't be ready until midway through 2020


Glenfiddich's latest experimental single malt whisky is 21 years old and inspired by Canada's ice wines


The ABC board has launched an external investigation into former MD Michelle Guthrie's claims of interference


Australia's 'tampon tax' is going



A day after being named Kangaroos captain, Greg Inglis was rubbed out for two tests for drink driving


The NSW government is looking for ideas to turn disused Sydney rail tunnels into tourist attractions


Qantas bought a ton - literally - of strawberries to help out the industry


'Too often, the answer seems to be greed': The royal commission's damning first report is out



Telstra has refunded $9.3 million to 72,000 customers over misleading third party charges


Qantas unveils its plan to help solve the global pilot shortage with a $35 million academy in regional Australia


The government is launching an inquiry into interference at the ABC as chairman Justin Milne says he'll stay put


Now ABC chairman Justin Milne must sack himself


A senior government minister made an embarrassing blunder about what happened on January 26


Uber has finally put the panic button that dials Triple-0 on its app in Australia


ABC staff are rounding on ousted boss Michelle Guthrie


The Victorian government is launching an investigation into the gig economy


Bo Bech, one of Denmark's best chefs, reveals 6 things everyone needs to know about eating in Copenhagen


Dr Kerryn Phelps, the government's biggest threat in Malcolm Turnbull's old seat, just did an about face and is now preferencing the Liberals


A range of cheap spirits has been recalled due to 'chemical contamination'


The RSPCA is looking for a man involved in deliberately running over a mob of emus


Woolworths is introducing a special 'drought' milk that costs 10% more - and now Coles is copying them


Woolworths is removing sewing needles from supermarket shelves


3 states are now offering a $100,000 reward to find those responsible for fruit tampering


Strawberries are being dumped by the truckload as the needle contamination crisis spreads to other fruit


Indian ride-sharing giant Ola is moving into New Zealand


Another female MP in a marginal seat is resigning claiming she was bullied by a state Liberal MP


Anglers just had a massive win as the NSW government scraps plans for no take zones around Sydney


A $100,000 reward is being offered as the strawberries contaminated with needles crisis spreads nationwide


Here are Telstra's plan costs for the new iPhones


Liberals in Malcolm Turnbull's electorate ignored Scott Morrison's choice of candidate in an epic six-hour pre-selection meeting


If you think Scott Morrison picked the wrong song for a Twitter meme, put your hands up


Someone sabotaged Queensland strawberries by putting needles in them - and police now suspect there's a copycat


The final piece of the WestConnex puzzle has been revealed - a $2.6 billion, 2km link to Sydney Airport


Alan Jones just lost a $3.75 million defamation case over the 2011 Queensland floods


Peter Dutton's attacks on his former Border Force boss over the au pair saga are getting increasingly nasty


DOUBLE FAULT: One of the greatest tennis players of all time made a terrible mistake, but everyone's making excuses


Another Uber driver in Sydney has been charged with indecent assault


Victorian police have released shocking footage of a sickening assault in Melbourne in an appeal to find the attackers


10 things you need to know this morning in Australia


10 things you need to know this morning in Australia


'AN EMBARRASSING CIRCUS': Julie Bishop speaks out about 'appalling behaviour' in Australia's Parliament


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