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Vanessa Baxter

Communicator: Cookbook author, food, travel, lifestyle writer, broadcaster

Location icon New Zealand

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.

Talent Beyond Boundaries
A Syrian chef with a ladle full of perseverance - Talent Beyond Boundaries

Adel has a passion for food and a dream to bring a deeper cultural understanding to our world through the blending of cuisines. He and his wife Sara are set to follow that dream to Horsham, regional Victoria. When life throws us an unexpected event it is natural to feel stressed.

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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