Hi there – I’m Vanessa!
It’s kind of hard to know where to start my story really. What I can certainly say is that I have been living a life of adventure for as far back as I know. My two amazing parents have always travelled and settled into new places with strength and enthusiasm and they passed that on in bucket loads. My sister and I are both expats – well kind of nomads really – although I think we are finally a little settled now. Something about hitting the mid 40s perhaps and noting that our children need a little stability in the upper school years.
Speaking of kids – I have two extraordinary boys who I am totally devoted to. They are my constant source of inspiration and at times frustration. Usually, the later comes at a point where I am caught off guard and need to catch up – once I am, then I remember I love them to bits and would pretty much do anything for their happiness. One thing I know is that I want them to realise that with me there comes a little crazy. I may be a Mum now but I haven’t always had that role – and even with it I like to take impulsive risks at times – like go on MasterChefNZ or simply decide to jump off the Auckland Sky Tower. I really love to live life to the full and have always felt that life should not be bound by rules but should be attacked with vision and energy and loads of passion – yup that’s me!
So now I have combined pretty much everything I love and thrown it together into a package – The Fearless Kitchen. It epitomises who I am and how I feel. It encompasses bringing people together around food but it also is about bringing different cuisines to people. I have had the fortune of living in wonderful places and being drawn to others over tables laden with food. This is the way my parents taught me. For Mum, a happy family meant we were all sitting around the table sharing in delicious food. Our house was always full of people – when I was a teenager, boys would hang out at my house because they knew they would be well fed on homemade treats!
For me, this business has been years in the making. My entire life has been spent waiting for this moment to be able to share my love of food and people with others. Whilst being a contestant on MasterChef was one of the craziest things I have ever done, I decided that if I put myself through that, then there needed to be a gain. There was no point going back to life post MasterChef as it had been before. So, I begin a new season as a teacher, trainer and speaker, drawing not only from my MasterChef experience, but upon the many years of bringing people together that preceded that experience.
And I have completely fallen in love with Auckland. I love the people and find it utterly friendly. I love that just a few minutes out of the city, you can feel as if you are in the country. I love that Auckland embraces many people and cultures – it’s a city with few boundaries which makes it an ideal place to bring the world to people through food.
2017 is opening with further excitement as I am putting the final touches to my first ever truly published hard copy COOK BOOK – so so excited to have this opportunity and am packing it full of fabulous recipes, stories and ideas to inspire everyone to jump with confidence into the kitchen. Follow me on FB as I share the journey to publishing date…..and watch out for the title when it appears – The Fearless Kitchen!