Ian Hemphill's Profile

Herbs and spices have always been a part of Ian Hemphill’s life. The younger son of John and Rosemary Hemphill, who pioneered Australia's love of herbs and spices in the 1950, Ian earned his pocket money picking herbs. Ian worked with his parents for many years, managed a spice company in Singapore and was a senior manager for a multinational food company in Australia. In 1997 Ian and his wife Liz opened a specialty spice shop in Sydney’s Rozelle, which bears his childhood nickname ‘Herbie’.

Herbie's Spices provides foodies and cooks access to hard-to-find herbs and spices, reliable product information and also offers spice appreciation and blending workshops so home cooks can get more out of their spices. Ian is a regular guest on ABC radio and also manages to fit in guest spots on television.

Ian has written a number of award winning guides to culinary spices and herbs. Ian's first book ‘Spice Notes’ - a cook's compendium of herbs and spices, was launched in October 2000 and was received with wide acclaim. In September 2002 Ian's second book ‘Spice Travels’ - a spice merchant's voyage of discovery, was launched and was nominated in the Best Food Book category for the Jacobs Creek World Food Media Awards in 2003.

In October 2007, Ian "Herbie" Hemphill was inducted into the Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Magazine's Food Hall of Fame. Liz and Ian work full time at Herbie's Spices, dividing their time between the "Spicery" where their spices are processed, blended and packed and their retail store in Rozelle, where they get a chance to meet and talk to their regular customers. Herbie and Liz also take groups of tourists to India nearly every year on a Spice Discovery Tour that explores the sights, sounds, and tastes of India.