Vanessa Baxter is our Director. She has spent her life getting to this point where she feels at peace with creating an enterprise that builds on her passion for food and cooking, along with her life long desire to give back to others.
Vanessa has travelled the world, building relationships around the globe through her innate desire to communicate and her understanding that food is the perfect medium for connection, creativity, communication and for understanding others.
In her life’s journey she has managed to acquire a BA, in music and psychology, live in a myriad of countries, be appointed the Head of a School in Vietnam, be the Family Liaison for Schlumberger in Indonesia, work at the InterContinental Hotel in London and then Champneys Health Resort in Hertfordshire, live and study Italian in Siena and work as a private Chef on Cape Cod.
She now resides in Auckland and is a single Mum to two wonderful teen sons, Chris and Morgan. She was crazy enough to go on NZ MasterChef in 2013 where she came a seriously impressive 4th place. Since then she is a familiar face on TV and a voice on radio. She has published her first book, The Fearless Kitchen, which has won the “Gourmand award for Best TV Cookbook in NZ” and “International Book Awards, Best International Cookbook,” in 2018. She has produced a years worth of wonderful podcast episodes with a podcast of the same title, has started her business and sits on the Exec Committee of the NZ Food Writers. She has no intention of ever slowing down.
She loves to share her stories as a guest speaker, and inspires everyone, young and old and in-between, who are a part of her event.