Edward Francis ‘Ed’ Halmagyi is also known as ‘Fast Ed’, an Australian TV presenter, chef, author, photographer and radio host.
Ed Halmagyi was born in February 1975 to neurologist Dr Gabor Michael Halmagyi AO and bush regenerator Sue Halmagyi OAM, along with elder sister Catherine and younger brother Nicholas.
At 15 Halmagyi began his culinary career as a kitchenhand, then soon afterwards as an assistant chef. Throughout his school years Halmagyi worked in a variety of Sydney restaurants, then undertook a Bachelor of Arts/Law at Sydney University. He continued to work as a chef alongside his studies. In 1995 he travelled to the Solomon Islands to participate in a program of community development and aid work.
Subsequently Halmagyi has undertaken a Bachelor of Business degree through Southern Cross University (not yet completed) and qualified as a beekeeper.
Ed Halmagyi is best known for his role on Network 7’s award-winning lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens, where he has been a member of the cast since 2003. He also contributes to the monthly magazine of the same name.
He has also been the host for three seasons of the travel show Discover Tasmania, as well as hosting his own afternoon cooking show ‘Fast Ed’s Fast Food’.
As an author, Halmagyi has published five cookbooks – Nove Cucina (2004), Dinner in 10 (2009), An Hour’s the Limit (2010), The Food Clock: A Year of Eating Seasonally (2012) and The Everyday Kitchen (2017).
Additionally, he writes a weekly syndicated column for the News Local network of newspapers, produced his own magazine called ‘Better Basics’, as well as contributing to a variety of other magazines in Australia and abroad.
Halmagyi is also a successful commercial photographer, running a food and product media business in Sydney called Roughcut Studio, specialising in editorial imagery and commercial product work.
Commercially, Halmagyi works as a brand ambassador for Mitsubishi Electric, Ingham Poultry and Décor Australia.
As a chef and pastry chef, Halmagyi’s resume includes stints at the iconic Rockpool and Bennelong in Sydney, as well as Cruise, Beach Road and Nove Cucina. He names his favourite job working at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Canada.
He is a regular guest on ABC Radio 702, and the Better Homes And Gardens Radio.
He lives in Bilgola, Sydney, with his graphic designer wife Leah, daughter Luca and son Finn. Hi hobbies include running, AFL and gardening. Over the last decade Ed has undertaken significant charitable work with a range or organisations, including Bear Cottage, The Dry July Foundation, Cancer Council NSW and others.
Halmagyi continues to play competitive sport as a member of the Pittwater Phantoms AFL team.