2020 has been an unusual time for many. Right now I am immersed into work with Talent Beyond Boundaries, looking after their social media communication and writing blogs for their website. It feels wonderful to have purpose and feel that my writing about displaced people and the chance for them to rebuild their lives has come at a perfect moment. Below is my bio pre-covid19. A lot has changed for me day to day, but the bio still stands.
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.