Welcome to Bablyon Chef, a place where food, markets and travel all come together in a big melting pot.

My name is Fred Johnson and I am a qualified chef, traveller and I have run my preserves and delicacies business, Elfreds Of The Peninsula for over twenty years. I’ve been cooking in kitchens all over the world for over 40 years. I am also a qualified Chef and Cooking Trainer.

My love affair with food and markets started long ago as a child. I spent a lot of time going to the markets for mum. At the age of 10, I was sent to markets to go and buy vegetables, chillis, meats and fish. I remember playing in the little village night market, which was on most nights of the week.

My experience as a market and festival trader that I have passed on has helped many new and old traders on their way to a successful career, advising them on how to avoid the pitfalls and saving them time and money. With over thirty years’ experience at festivals and markets, I have seen the ups and downs and ins and outs of how they work. As a Trainer and Assessor, I am qualified to pass on my knowledge to all new beginners to the world of markets.



Ten cooking or food tips by a chef with forty years of experience, who has been trading at markets with his products for over twenty years.



I have published several comprehensive guides on what you need to know to become a market trader. Written by a chef who has traded at markets for over twenty years, in both the UK and Australia. 



As a black traveller, I have visited every continent in the world. I have found that my experiences are quite unique and interesting, and have lots of tales to tell. My travels are often focused around food, and I have explored the cuisines and street food of a number of countries. Travel with me and hear my stories.



A guide to the best market stalls in Victoria and around Australia by a chef who has been around markets for over twenty years.