I’m an inspirational cook and just love to mix it up by blending a pinch of cockney cheek, with a cup of Jamaican personality, all served up on a homegrown kiwi plate. And, if you can’t keep up with my pace or you’re trying to track me down, you’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties…….
I’ve been cooking since I was 7 for my large family, back in London and then, of course as a mother myself! However, my springboard into this foodie world – where passion meets purpose – was boosted by my runner up place in MasterChef NZ 2011, one of the most incredible experiences of my life. A rollercoaster ride of mammoth proportions, which I would do again in a heartbeat. I love the quote “the greatest treasure is found on the other side of fear,” because in my experience, it’s bloody true!
I’m a mother to two amazing young men and live in Christchurch, New Zealand. I love where I live and like to get involved in any way I can, whether it be feeding the homeless, supporting charities or supporting restaurants and cafes new to the rebuild of this amazing city. My community is important to me, because it’s the framework of where I live and ultimately who I am.
Amongst many other things, I have 2 best selling cookbooks under my belt: Jax Cooks and Union Jax.
As the first ever woman of colour in New Zealand, chosen to represent one of the largest grocery companies in Australasia, for the last 6 years I’ve been the face and ambassador of Countdown supermarkets very successful; “Feed 4 for $15” everyday meals campaign.
My hosting / MC skills extend to the international platform for all things of world, music and dance at WOMADNZ “Taste The World” stage. As well as MC of the Cray Coast Cuisine Marquee at the annual Seafest Festival in stunning Kaikoura.
In 2017, I excitedly launched my online channel Jax Food Hax, offering tips, tricks and skills to rejuvenate any pantry and passion for home cooking. You will slap your head and laugh at the simplicity of it all, but before long they will become your everyday essentials.
Yes I love Donna, yes I love Jamie, yes I love Gordon, however, ultimately, I am all about great, seasonal ingredients and reinventing incredible meals from your own stocked pantry, to inspire you in your home, for your family.
As well as all that, I want to add here, I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t give back as much I take from the universe. That said, I have been very fortunate to work with an amazing charity, One Mother to Another, run by two incredible women (Christina and Joy) who help mothers in distress when their children are in hospital. Check out their website – it’s a beautiful charity to behold.
If you’d like a piece of me, I’m available for recipe development, speaking engagements, MC/Hosting, cooking demonstrations; also if you’re a brand and would like to engage me to enhance your profile or product with content creation and / or online digital demonstrations, please contact me for details of my amazing packages.
In my world it’s all about fun, giggles and nibbles my peeps.
Thanks for reading. Xx