1. When did you realise your love for what you do?
I grew up in a household where food formed the foundation for our way of life. My Polish great aunt and uncle taught me how to cook. They were budget conscious and focused on simplicity and quality of the ingredients they used. There was something about creating beautiful recipes and being able to share them with your loved ones, that played a significant role in my training as a chef.
2. What do you love most about what you do?
For me, my most significant career highlight is the positive feedback I regularly receive.When someone reaches out to let me know they love my recipes or a product from my range, I am genuinely elated. My Healthy Chef community is always sharing with me the positive impact I have had on their health and wellbeing, and that drives me!
3. What’s the most significant piece of wisdom you’ve received or acquired through life experience?
I’ve learned to regret nothing. Even bad experiences help shape you, and there is always a lesson that can come from it, enabling you to evolve and grow.
4. What’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced, and how did you navigate through it?
Patience! I have to work on being patient continuously. Being a determined and ambitious person, I usually want to get things done on the spot, but with experience comes understanding and I have learnt in business that that isn’t always possible in business.
5. What are 3 of your daily non-negotiables?
My morning ritual is my one hour walk every morning around Centennial park before I head off to work. It’s my meditation and exercise rolled into one, and it honestly does wonders for my wellbeing.
My morning Matcha Green tea helps me to start my day focused and ready to take on anything! The slow-release energy Matcha provides is highly beneficial when you have a busy schedule to get through.
Spending quality time with my husband and best friend, Paul.I am a more balanced and happier person for it; it’s good for my soul.
6. What do you believe is your greatest asset and how does it serve you?
My persistence. When someone tells me NO, it makes me even more determined to succeed! If the door to opportunity seems closed, bang a hole in the wall and build a new one, one where you have the key!
7. How do you elevate and empower those around you?
By sharing what I know about health and cooking. Knowledge empowers people and helps them take control of their health journey and change their own lives for the better. My healthy recipes and whole-food products are tools to support people on their health journey.
I also always try to bring high energy to a group of people to lift others. Good, positive energy automatically changes the strength of those around you.
8. What does the word failure mean to you?
I take the view that ‘failure’ is an opportunity – an opportunity for a new perspective, helping you think outside the box. Acknowledging failure is a strength. Overcoming what we perceive as ‘failures’ can lead to our greatest achievements.
9. In your opinion, what’s the number one thing that holds people back from going after what they want in their lives? What would you say to them?
It’s a few things usually; a lack of confidence, self-belief and motivation. It is so worthwhile taking the time to work on yourself to strengthen these traits as this will help you deal with the inevitable obstacles and rejections that come when you chase your dreams. Everyone has a unique passion, and I highly recommend harnessing that passion to achieve your desired outcomes. My main piece of advice is to ALWAYS work hard! No matter where you come from or what privileges you have enjoyed real success comes from your efforts! You have to go out there and make your life happen.
10. If you could share one seed of inspiration for those chasing their dream, what would it be?
Believe in yourself – trust your gut, and always go with your instincts!