Lara Dunston and Terence Carter are both prolific Siem Reap-based food and travel writers and Terence is a photographer concentrating on people, places and plates. Our work has been published in Australian Gourmet Traveller, Delicious, Feast, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, The Guardian, CNN, The Independent, and a long list of other publications, including all the major guidebook publishers.
We’ve written widely on Cambodia and Cambodian food and are currently working on a Khmer cookbook, which partly explains why Terence spends many an evening on the mortar and pestle pounding kroeungs (curry pastes). We are producing multimedia stories on Southeast Asian food, including long-form narratives, videos and photography for an Australian broadcaster. Lara also craft bespoke ‘Savour Siem Reap’ food focused itineraries and my clients have included some of the world’s best chefs and restaurateurs.
We began writing professionally back in 1987, and Terence, who studied photography at university and worked in book publishing for almost a decade, started photographing books soon after. Lara has written and assessed film scripts, had a teen fiction novel published by HarperCollins, and edited an Asian travel magazine.
Terence has taught photography, publishing and design and Lara taught writing and filmmaking at vocational, industry and university levels. Between us we have a handful of relevant qualifications, including three Masters degrees and an incomplete PhD (that will be Lara). As an academic, Lara wrote two Bachelor degrees, dozens of courses, supervised thousands of creative projects, and ran thousands of evaluations and assessments over almost eight years. What that means is that Lara knows what it takes to inspire, teach, coach, nurture, and support writers through the creative process from concept to completion. Terence knows what editors are looking for in images, having worked for some of the most respected publishers in the world over the past dozen or so years.