About Michael Shafran, Chief Epicurial Officer

Gosstronomy is the gluttonous brainchild of Chief Epicurial Officer (CEO) Michael Shafran, an established food and wine journalist loosely based in Sydney, Australia, and who also makes regular appearances in Melbourne and New York. Michael currently serves as head of content for Agenda, and also contributes to MasterChef Magazine, The Foodies’ Guide to Sydney, SBS Food, OutThere and other well-regarded food and travel magazines and websites. His last time being chained to a desk was as Mobile Product Manager for Lonely Planet, where from 2008 to 2009 he devised ways for travellers to access location-aware information from their phones. He previously dedicated two years of his life as chief sub-editor of .delicious, and for hungry geeks across Australia also launched the nationwide yourRestaurants and yourBars website and mobile guides during his tenure as Head of Restaurants & Bars for HWW. A crap surfer, keen triathlete, prosumer photographer and guitarist, Michael is fully aware that he is trying to do too many things at once, and he appreciates your concern.

Where to find me:

Twitter: @gosstronomy

+61 (0)425 290 720

23 responses to this post.

  1. Heya are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.
    Do you require any html coding expertise to
    make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!


    • Yes, Gosstronomy is built on WordPress, as are the majority of the blogs that I know of out there. You don’t need HTML coding skills, but it’s helpful to at least be able to read and slightly tweak code if the layout isn’t doing what you want it to do. Sometimes there are hidden characters and sloppy code that you want to get rid of.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on August 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Great blog post about Jackie M. You have a friend who is native malay and named Eunice? That’s interesting and very strange!


  3. I just found your blog too when I googled for “Coffee Garam” and love your blog! I am a big fan of finding gems (good place to eat) wherever possible. I am planning to go to New York for my Christmas holiday … I browsed a lot of websites to get list of cafe that I should go when I am there. Your blog helps and probably you have a suggestion … which area I should go more? eg upper west side? downtown? midtown? or maybe brooklyn? I can’t wait to go to this Cafe Lola (appeared in You’ve got mail) and Cafe Serendipity (appeared in Serendipity)


    • Hi Mona. Thanks for the thumbs up! I need to do a post soon about my favourite NYC places, since so many people are asking me – virtually every week. I’d bypass Cafe Lola and Serendipity unless you feel you have too much of a strong emotional connection; they were cool about 15 year ago, but no longer. I’d spend the vast majority of your time eating from and below 23rd Street and in Brooklyn. Go to Eataly and Shack Shack near Madison Square Park, eat at the Little Own in the West Village, have coffee at Stumptown, do pizza at Keste, pastrami at Katz’s on the Lower East Side, bagels at Ess-a-bagel, Mexican at La Esquina, ramen and pork buns at Ippudo in the East Village and Italian-American-redux at Torissi Italian Specialties in Nolita. Then head straight to Brooklyn and do the rounds in Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens and surrounds. Between TimeOut New York, Tasting Table NY, Daily Candy and the Wednesday ‘Dining’ section of the New York Times, you can get a pretty quick read of what the hot new spots are. So many places to eat, so, so little time. Oh, and if you want some delicious treats, do the concretes at Shake Shack, the icebox cakes at Billy’s (Chelsea) or the gelato at GROM (Greenwich Village).


      • hey michael
        thanks for your NYC summary above, I’m heading over on Friday for 5 days…and find the choice SO overwhelming! Will definitely have a good look at your advice to Mona.
        What are your 2 favourite NYC restaurants?
        Lisa (Merelyn’s friend)

  4. Posted by jane on November 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Mmmmmm, Thanksgiving on the beach – sounds like the Poms at Christmas on Bondi. Interesting that the expat communities recreate their traditions on the Aussie beaches! Great options however, thank you!


  5. Posted by jane on November 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Michael, I very much enjoy your blog and your insights.

    With Thanksgiving looming I wonder whether you know of any Sydney cafes or restaurants that do a Thanksgiving menu? I had considered doing it myself but luckily that feeling passed!!! Any suggestions?


    • An American foodie friend of mine just recommended South in Neutral Bay (www.south-restaurant.com) as well as its sister restaurant, Blue Plat and Grill. Apparently both are doing Thanksgiving-style menus. Another good option is the American Expat Meetup group, which is holding its annual Thanksgiving pot-luck dinner on Bronte Beach on the 25th. Anyone’s welcome; all you need to do is bring a dish. It should be a large affair, as it has been the past couple of years.


  6. Posted by Chris Angelius on October 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Love the blog,
    As a North American living in Sydney, I find your posts about Australian food to be especially poignant. Speaking of which, any idea where you can get a real slice of pizza in this city? Everyone I ask directs me to “New York Slice” on Oxford street or in the cross which is just a greasy abomination.


    • Hi Chris. Unfortunately, you’re right – you can’t get a decent slice of pizza in Sydney, or in Australia for that matter. New York Slice on Oxford Street is an abomination, and the poorest excuse for a regional cuisine that they simply don’t get. There’s plenty of good pizza by the whole pie, however. My current favourites are Piccola Napoli and Rosso Pomodoro in Balmain, ironically around the corner from each other. Other favourite spots including Pizza Lucio in East Sydney, Napoli in Bocca and La Disfida in Haberfield, and Pizza Mario and Pizza e Birra in Surry Hills. My favourite pizzerias in Australia, however, remain in Melbourne: Fitzroy’s Ladro (I haven’t been to the new Greville Street branch, but I’m assuming it’s just as good) and Carlton’s DOC. Northcote’s Pizza Meine Liebe and Brunswick’s I Carusi are also terrific.

      The only mentionable slice of pizza I’ve had anywhere in Australia is at La Baracca Trattoria at T’Gallant Winery – it’s served as a slab of slices on a wooden board. It’s good stuff. Not necessary worth a detour, but it’s a great stop if you happen to be on the Morning Peninsula.

      Luckily for me, I’m in New Jersey at the moment, so I’m planning a pilgrimage to one of my favourites: Benny’s Pizza in Hoboken, NJ. The slices are as tasty as they are massive, and it’s the next best thing to heading to NYC for a wait at Manhattan’s Keste or a pilgrimage to Brooklyn’s Di Fara.


  7. Posted by Ryan on September 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I have to say, I’ve read slot if what you have wrote in articles and the like in recent times, and it pains me especially to read your articles when you are putting down sections of the community during your travels and dining experiences. I cast my disappointment in the direction of the article on astral, where you seemed to have little problem straying from the point to almost blatantly accuse the staff and patrons and star city of being ‘below the standard of society’ where you had to put your head down almost in shame while walking through the main gaming floor. Perhaps getting to the point, I think you should continue at what you are good at, and leave your restaurant reviews to being comments on restaurants and not target the obviously unnecessary. Sure we all have dislikes, but a food article that is meant to be an appraisal to the restaurant should not have such comments, particularly about it’s lower-than-low surrounding.


  8. Hi Michael, we hope you enjoyed your Amisfield experience when you were visiting Queenstown! Great blog and love the design of your business card!


  9. Posted by Mary-Lou on March 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Great to have met you today as we enjoyed being a part of Savour Tasmania. There is certainly great food coming north for us to enjoy.


  10. Hi
    Just wanted to say i have enjoyed reading your blog, very interesting.


  11. love your website – thanks for following me on twitter. Would you like me to send you some of my handmade chocolates when the weather cools down?


    • Hi Jane. Glad you enjoyed Gosstronomy. And thank so much for the offer to try your handmade chocolates. Hope you sold lots of them during the Xmas push! My address is 115/133 Goulburn St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010.



  12. Hello, my name is Christopher Healy, and I am updating the New York University in Shanghai website. We love your beautiful picture at https://gosstronomy.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/shanghai-night.jpg. May we have permission to use the picture on our website?

    Thank you,



    • Hi Christopher. Glad you like the photos. I don’t own it, however – it was provided to my by Peregrine Tours, with whom I’m doing the China Culinary Tour. To seek approval from them, try contacting Lauren Howard at Lauren[at]peregrineadventures.com


  13. Posted by Becki on December 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I love your blog! Can’t believe I haven’t visited sooner!!! Yr a guru mentor for a food writer for me! ciao for now MC buddy 🙂


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