Hi everyone I’m really excited you’re here, I thought I’d tell you a bit about me. I’ve been in the hospitality industry since my 20’s, which was many, many, years ago.

In 2000 I had my first bubba and being in hospitality just didn’t work for me anymore. So I began hunting for something else. And I found the BEST job I’ve ever had at the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) as the first cooking teacher of the pilot program at Collingwood College, Melbourne. I have never felt so rewarded and so happy in a job. I’ve also never been prouder to be involved in such a groundbreaking program that changes kids’ lives by showing them how to grow, cook and share food.

It was exhilarating, challenging and completely changed the course of my life. I stayed there for 4 years and then had my second bubba and decided to search for something else closer to home.

In 2010 I co-wrote a book with my beautiful friend Kirsty Manning, a cooking and gardening book titled ‘We Love Food’ published by Hardie Grant, Melbourne. We had the best time cooking, gardening, wrangling our kids and writing together and her husband never wants to eat lasagne again!

Since 2010 I’ve continued to cook, write and teach and also discovered I’m not a bad student after all, despite my dismal HSC results, when I began a degree in Health Science at the Southern School of Natural Therapies. I have completed the first year, with surprisingly good results in science and atrocious results in APA referencing.

Learning about the science of nutrition really ignited a passion for knowing what nutrients are in “what we eat” and why it’s good for you from a physiological point of view and it seemed a natural direction for the style of my recipes to take, hence The Fibre Bible.

I also have the great pleasure of being a trustee for a family philanthropic foundation called KAFF that aims to provide seed money for localised, Melbourne programs that benefit the health and education of kids and families. Which is how I made the connection to my most recent teaching job.

Currently I teach cooking for The Youth Junction Organisation at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine, Victoria. The Youth Junction provides wrap-around support services’ for young people in the Western suburbs of Victoria. Every week I hang out with young people and we cook, chat, laugh and share food and life experiences together. All my favourite things.

I hope this gives you some insight into The Fibre Bible and what I’m passionate about. Thank you for being here and I truly hope you find recipes, ingredients and lots of happiness from The Fibre Bible.