Early life and education
Halmagyi began his cooking career at 15 as a kitchen hand. When the head chef walked out, he was asked to take over. He studied a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degrees at the University of Sydney in 1995 while cooking in bistros. That year, he suspended his studies to do community work in the Solomon Islands.
Halmagyi was known at high school for his trombone and trumpet playing. In year 12 and first year university, he was part of a fledgling Acid jazz group, with members Anthony Azrak, Nik Gray, and Paul Barkley. He was rumoured to have trimmed the clover in the school quadrangle into the shape of a pudenda, using nail scissors.
Halmagyi is best known for his cooking segment on Better Homes And Gardens, and writes a monthly column in the magazine of the same name. He is a published author, having published three cookbooks with Random House Australia: Nove Cucina (2004), Dinner In 10 (2009), and An Hour's The Limit (2010). His first book, Nove Cucina, sold out of print when released in 2004. In 2012 HarperCollins released The Food Clock: A Year of Cooking Seasonally.
He is a presenter on Discover Tasmania, and is a spokesperson for Mitsubishi Fridges & Air-Conditioners.
He worked for Bennelong Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House until 1997, when he left and worked for some of Sydney's leading restaurants, Rockpool among them. In 2000, Ed and his wife Leah moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he got a job as the Executive sous chef at the Wickaninnish Inn. They returned in 2002 and he worked as the head chef at Nove Cucina in Sydney. He was also head chef at Cruise in Sydney, and Beach Rd in Palm Beach.
He lives in Bilgola in Sydney with wife Leah and children Finn and Luca. His hobbies include gardening, fishing and long distance running. He also works with charities Bear Cottage, Anglicare and Community Greening Australia.
- Halmagyi, Michael (6 September 2013). "IT whiz used skills to save city bush". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media.
- Better Homes and Gardens, 19 July 2012, Seven Network
1) Professional Website: http://www.fast-ed.com.au/home/
2) Biography at Random House Publishing: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/Author/Halmagyi,%20Ed
3) Ed's Discover Tasmania Blogsite: http://blog.tv.discovertasmania.com/
4) Better Homes And Gardens Biography: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/tv/meet/article/-/5825996/ed-halmagyi/