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Vanessa Baxter

Cookbook author, food, travel, lifestyle writer and broadcaster

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Vanessa Baxter is a chef, award-winning cookbook writer, and Masterchef 2013 finalist. She believes food is the perfect medium for connection, creativity, communication, and understanding others. She has worked, lived, and eaten all around the world. Vanessa ran a school in Vietnam, studied Italian in Siena, worked as a private chef in Cape Cod, lived in Jakarta for 6 years, Singapore for 3 years, UK for 2 years and her birthplace Australia where she initially studied psychology and music.

She now lives in Auckland with her two teenage sons, Chris and Morgan, sits on the Exec Committee of NZ Food Writers, and hosts The Fearless Kitchen podcast. She has no intention of ever slowing down and loves to create delightful, memorable stories that inspire positive change. She has written for NZ Bite (Herald - food); Aus Women's Weekly (travel); Sing Women's Weekly (lifestyle); Garuda Inflight Magazine (travel) amongst others.

Vanessa published The Fearless Kitchen Cookbook in 2017, which has won 3 awards. She is a familiar face on NZ TV screens and a radio personality for discussions around food and parenting.

The Fearless Kitchen
Cookbook: The Fearless Kitchen | The Fearless Kitchen

The recipes reflect my travels around the globe but are simple and achievable, using every day, affordable ingredients. I would love every member of your family to feel they can cook from this book and feel less fearful about trying something new.

Ellerslie Village Magazine
Cannelloni Recipe

A fun family recipe the whole family can enjoy creating and sharing

Funky fritters

A former Masterchef contestant and early childhood educator, Vanessa Baxter now runs kids' cooking classes. She says: Children I have taught love making fritters. There are so many possible combinations, and kids can be encouraged to add ingredients and sample the results. Fritters are quick to prepare and fun to cook.

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