What is your most treasured item?
That’s an easy one. My daughter Emily is my most treasured item.
List top three tips for women wanting to live a healthier lifestyle?
1. Embrace the fact that you’re not going to be perfect; instead try to have an understanding of what health means to you. For me it’s about waking up in the morning and having a great attitude.
2. Organisation is key. Have healthy snacks and a big bowl of fresh fruit to keep your body fueled.
3. Have healthy mechanisms to deal with stress.
You trained as a professional chef at Le Cordon Bleu, what’s your signature dish?
My signature dish depends on the seasonal produce available. A simple dish can be great provided you have beautiful and quality fresh produce. Broad beans are in season at the moment and my go-to dish has been a pan fried Kingfish with a broad bean salad including tomatoes and finely shaved kale. For salad dressing, I’ll mix in some extra virgin olive oil, tahini and apple cider vinegar.
As a nutritionist and food lover, what are your best tips for staying healthy while dining out?
Keeping your portion in control is number one. It’s fine to have indulgent food but if you have more than you can burn then it’s going to be converted to fat. It’s not necessary to have three dishes. Opt for an entrée, a main and share a dessert. Try to make sure one of the dishes has a good portion of vegetables.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
I love Hawaii. I’m all about the outdoors and being amongst nature. My second favourite holiday destination would be South of France. Provencal has community, fresh produce and the locals love their food. I’m in my mecca when I’m there. If I wasn’t living in Australia, that’s where you’d find me.
You’re also the co-host of Channel 10’s Good Chef Bad Chef, what’s the funniest thing that has happened either on air or off?
Adrian and I have a cheeky wicked sense of humour. Often what you don’t see is the outtakes of us making innuendo… like we did with a chocolate banana but I’ll stop there. It’s a cheeky environment, which makes it a wonderful place to work.
What is your opinion on dietary supplements?
I think it’s important to understand that there isn’t a one-fix wonder. There are supplements that can support you but you still need to know how to incorporate supplements into a healthy diet. It’s also important to make sure the products you choose are very good quality.
Fill in the blanks. On the weekend you’ll find me…
Doing something with my baby. I’ll usually go for a walk in Bondi. I love to cook on the weekend and make Emily beautiful food. I used to be very social but now I just love being a homebody.
What’s your favourite smoothie recipe and why?
I’m really loving all the coconut products at the moment. I love to mix IsoWhey protein powder (link), cacao, coconut milk and cinnamon – it makes a delicious and nutritious recipe.
You gave birth to your daughter this year, congratulations! What has surprised you most about motherhood?
The incredible ability the female body has. We wake up 4-5 times a night yet I still manage to wake up full of energy. I’ve never felt so grateful. It’s purely amazing to see your little girl grow up right in front of you.