|Personal Information Summary
|Maeve O Meara
|Age / How old / Birthday / Date of Birth / DOB
|Born in 1960. As of 2024, she is around 64 years old.
|Wedding & Marriage / Husband / Kids / Spouse
|Divorced. Check the full bio for relationship details.
|Who dresses Maeve O’Meara?
|She mentioned in a tweet that she uses brands like Custo, Desigual, AGlobalBeat and Ms Mansk.
|Children / No. of Kids
|Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race
As a world-renowned chef and journalist, Maeve O’Meara is known best for being the host of the Australian cooking show Food Safari.
Personal Life, Parents and Family Details :
- Maeve’s mother, Maev Senior, grew up in Orange, came to the city, became a journalist. She was an adventurer, having travelled through Spain in a London taxi with a group of actresses, including Ruth Cracknell. She also loved poetry and music. Maev Sr. met Maeve’s father, John, who was a compositor when they both worked at Fairfax Media’s newspapers.
- One of Maeve’s earliest childhood memories is her kicking a nun on her first day of grammar school. The woman had “emerged from the shadows”, and the terrified O’Meara lashed out immediately.
- The thrill of that danger stood with her, however, and when she got a bit earlier, she decided she wanted to be a stuntwoman.
- Growing up in Sydney, Maeve often had plenty of room to get into dangerous antics with her younger brother, Matt, and would do so on a regular basis. It wasn’t until her mother introduced soy sauce into their household that her interests began to change from jumping off of walls and trees to cooking. Maev Senior was a journalist by profession.
- Both Maeve’s mother and father had Irish ancestry, and the food they cooked for their children reflected this. Once her mother got ahold of soy sauce, she began cooking a sort of Irish stir-fry. That was the moment O’Meara realised food too could be interesting.
Marriage and Kids :
- After settling into her desired career, Maeve met a young abstract artist, Ben Stack, in 1993. He would go on to become her first husband and father to her three children.
- In 1995, she gave birth to her only son, Connor. Two years later, she gave birth to her middle child – daughter Kitty. In 1999, she gave birth to her youngest daughter, Carli.
- After their children were born, the couple divorced (after being married for 10 years), although they still maintain an amicable relationship. Maeve also mentions that Ben has been a “magnificent father”.
- In 2017, her son Connor had a child of his own, a young girl named Arabella, with his partner Mae, making Maeve a grandma.
- Currently, Maeve is dating Toufic Charabati, a Lebanese TV producer who has been her colleague and friend for a long time.
Professional Life : Career, Salary and Net Worth
- Maeve began her career a year after she graduated from college with an arts degree. Unsure of the exact path she wanted to take, she travelled and backpacked for a year and found enjoyment in the spontaneity of each day. This formative year led Maeve to journalism.
- Her work began with traditional news programs such as The Carleton-Walsh Report. In 1990, she moved to Australia network SBS’s station called Dateline, which had a strong emphasis on food. There, she rekindled her love of the culinary world.
- After several years working for SBS, she launched her company Gourmet Safaris, an Australian tour company that would allow people to experience the many different cuisines Australia offers. em>Gourmet Safaris completed 20 years in business in 2018.
- Following the success of her company, SBS created a show centred around the idea and called it Food Safari. Hosted by O’Meara, each episode takes viewers on a journey to a different culinary scene in Australia. Some episodes are based on culture, while some are based on the cooking method, such as the use of an open flame or water.
- Maeve also started hosting the show’s sixth season, beginning October 12, 2017.
Interesting Facts and Trivia :
- In 1981, backpacking through London, Maeve was walking alongside the army barracks in Chelsea when an IRA nail bomb exploded. Two people lost their lives, and Maeve was one among the 40 injured. She was treated for shrapnel wounds to her back and severe bruising.
- Despite this incident, Maeve did not give up her sense of adventure. She travelled through Tunisia, where she had “one of the great epiphanies of her life.” Maeve spent time with a Tunisian family in a tiny mud-brick village, cooked couscous with local women and learned their stories.
- In 2023, Maeve and her partner Toufic purchased Zac’s Place, a local eatery in the small south coast village of Currarong. The village, with a population of 479, is situated just south of Culburra Beach in the Shoalhaven area.