Phil McKerracher

Phil grew up in Melbourne, Australia, studied electrical engineering at Monash University and worked on radio navigation systems for the Department of Aviation before seeking fame and fortune in Europe. He married Amanda in 1997 and settled in London. He now works as a freelance IT consultant.

The surname McKerracher apparently comes from the Gaelic name MacFhearchair or Farquharson, pronounced like this and possibly meaning (son of) “very dear one”. We pronounce it to rhyme approximately with “America”.

Ian McKerracher

Phil’s brother Ian is a restaurant quality assessor in Australia, founder at Invisible Guest and a quality-obsessed foodie, sybarite and humanist who is fortunate enough to have turned a great passion into a wonderful business. When not buying, consuming, selling or writing about food and wine, he tries to be a better dad, play violin in amateur chamber groups and orchestras and dream about all the screenplays he’s been meaning to write.

Happiest when immersed in the aroma of white truffles, botrytised riesling, Tuscany, fine cigars and steamships, although not necessarily all at the same time.

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Amanda McKerracher

Phil’s wife Amanda grew up in Lewisham- yes, south of the river- and after teaching history for many years, qualified as a tour guide in Camden and in the City of London. She guides in the Guildhall Art Gallery, lectures on the history of London and has even strayed into the world of after-dinner speaking!

For more information visit Amanda’s website at

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Are we related? Information about my ancestors is here. My mother and father are distant blood relatives – can you find the link? Private details of living people are hidden – contact me if you’re a relative and want access.

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