Chesney McDonald

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Cape Town, South Africa
University Of Auckland, New Zealand
Wine, Gin, Craft Beer, And Coffee, BBQ Meats, International Food
  • Chesney is a qualified expert in wine, spirits, and beer, earning level two of the international standard, WSET, with distinction.
  • He's passionate about culinary exploration and the intersection of food and culture.
  • Born in South Africa, Chesney is pathologically obsessed with flame-grilled meats.


Chesney has always been a passionate writer and foodie, making his living as a writer since 2019. In hungry pursuit of the world's best street food, his curious tastebuds and enthusiasm for travel have led him to 35 countries. Chesney marketed some of New Zealand's top craft beer, cider, and gin brands, working for Heineken NZ and the award-winning Australian gin brand Four Pillars. He's been published in beer magazine The Pursuit of Hoppiness and written about international food as a travel writer for Over the last two and a half years, Chesney worked as a senior writer for the Canadian market of's international campaign. Now, Chesney engages his passion for food and language as a writer for Tasting Table.


Chesney holds a Bachelor of the Arts, with a double major in English and film, television, and media studies from the University of Auckland.
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