Dream it. Do it.
I am constantly amazed at what can be done if you just believe and take one step at a time.
Freelance Graphic Design and Acting was a perfect combination for me when my kids were young, I wanted to spend every possible moment with them as they were growing up. As the kids got older and busier, I found that I had more and more time to myself and begun to ask the hard question... hmmm, what now? What else makes me happy?
FOOD makes me happy. I love the way it makes me feel when I learn about it, cook it, share it, teach it, give it, eat it.
So began my food journey... a daughter to dedicated restaurateurs, I married into an Italian family, so food has always been a part of my life. I married young and soon realised that although I loved to eat yummy food, I didn't actually didn't know how to cook it! Luckily for me, we live in an era of information and have a great deal of inspiration at our fingertips, via magazines, television and the Internet.
One of my greatest inspirations was to watch Masterchef Australia. With over 60+ episodes in each season, it was amazing to see how much each contestant learnt throughout the gruelling process and I wanted a piece of that! I wanted to be locked away from the world for 6 months, to do nothing but learn how to cook better - akin to an intensive bootcamp in the culinary arts! Not only did that dream come true, I also got to experience that dream with my brother, Jimmy!! We learnt from, and tested our skills on some of the best chefs in the world like Heston Blumenthal, Nigella Lawson, Jason Atherton and Marco Pierre White.
During the competition, I remember dreaming that perhaps Masterchef could be an opportunity for me to host a cooking show one day... I wanted to combine my TV experience with all the culinary skills I was learning. I am thrilled to say that dream has come true too! I soon joined GustoTV's (Bell Media Canada's food channel) as a host on 'A is for Apple', a creative cooking show focused on fun ways to cook with random ingredients.