Please note – I don’t accept guest posts, post contributions, do product reviews, collaborations or publish press releases on heneedsfood.com


I’m a first generation Australian born to Croatian parents that migrated from what was then Yugoslavia to Oz in the late 1960s. The youngest of two other siblings that grew up in the 70s on a multicultural suburban block in a home with humble food at its heart. I’ve called Dapto, Ipswich, Warwick, Toowoomba and Brisbane home, and ever since taking a chef’s job in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1993, the city was home until 2019. The Blue Mountains west of Sydney is now home; a quieter pace of life that I look forward to establishing.

I may have thrown in my chef’s apron decades ago, but my food passion is very much alive and well. Heneedsfood is where I share my visits to markets, where I share recipes and also where I document my travels around Australia and the world.

Explore the map below for where I’ve travelled during the life of this blog.

Philosophy, sharing, work & sponsorship

All images and words on this site are my own and use of my content without my permission is strictly prohibited. Should you wish to share an excerpt or image on a website, permission is required before doing so. If recipes wish to be shared, only the ingredients may be used, and a link back to the recipe on this site is to be displayed for the method. If approved, links directly back to the source with full and clear credit given to me:  John Bek and heneedsfood.com

If images are needed for personal, promotional or marketing situations, they are available for purchase and will be provided once full payment is made.

Should a post be sponsored (i.e. restaurant, tour company etc) or an invitation, anything written about it is my honest account of the experience and in no way are my words influenced by the organisation.

Please note, I no longer do sponsored posts, unless tourism or travel related. Branded products featured in recipes were supplied by the organisation in exchange for being used and shown in the posts. Credit is always given in such instances.

Please note – As stated earlier, I don’t accept guest posts, post contributions, do product reviews or publish press releases on heneedsfood.com


Wondering what camera I use? I use a Nikon D7000 as well as a D3200. Lenses – 50mm 1:1.4, 35mm 1:8 and 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6

All recipe post photos are shot in natural light.

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