The Fearless Kitchen (formerly Food Family & Friends Podcast)

A Podcast Hosted by Vanessa Baxter

The Fearless Kitchen 51: Amanda Betts – Fighting With Love

When I met Amanda I was intimidated. I only felt that way because she seemed so strong and larger than life. Yet, she was gentle in her passion to meet others and that included me. We have so much in common that I am consistently taken by surprise. Our growing up years could not be more different.

There is no comparison and I shudder to hear some of her stories, yet it reminds me of how totally blessed I have been. I remember a smack once, when I possibly fully deserved it. But, I mean a smack and I only remember one – that’s how good I had it as a child! Amanda’s life has been so shattered and torn and yet here we are, together and drawn by each other’s determination to make a difference. To share some energy with Amanda sets you off for a week. You can’t help but feel fuelled to change the world. Even if it is only one step at a time.

In our chat on air we ramble from subject to subject. It is complicated to get it back to food, but the thread is there.  Food is more than medicine and what we put in our mouths. Food brings people together and we are aiming to bring our missions to everyone, all over the world. So listen in and hold on tight to something nearby and when you feel that urge to help – reach out and chat with us. We are on social media – everywhere and are easy to find. And we love to connect so share with us your story or your wishes and lets see if we can make some more dreams come true.

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Amanda Betts can be found at:

amandabetts.com

and of course at the Project itself……

www.bridgethegapproject.co.nz

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast 49: Solo Episode – Rome

Food brings people together – it is the only language you need.

When I was in my 20s I headed to Rome without any agenda  I just wanted to experience the city and try some food. Things can head in any direction if you don’t have a plan and that is exactly what happened. I love that. I love surprises and adventures which are unplanned.

Of course it is easier when you are alone and I always used to travel alone in the hope for adventure. Even now I will venture into cafes alone and love the chance to connect with someone whilst I am there – and naturally it is usually over a bowl of food! This adventure may suggest I am on the edge of sensible – and I guess I probably was but I would do it all over again.

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You can pre-order my cookbook; publishing date is July 2017.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast is hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast 48: Food Writer & Chef – Christine Manfield

Christine Manfield came into my life long before I met her. The recipes she wrote and compiled into her book Paramount, over 20 years ago, were my first introduction to South East Asia and I was quickly in love – with the flavours, the piquant hints of spice, the merging of ideas and cuisines into a dish. The layout was unique, the recipes were real and lengthy and resulted in layers of deliciousness and I was truly immersed.

To meet Christine used to be a dream, and at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, it became my reality. You will hear the excitement in my voice as I introduce her and throughout our chat. I really connected with Christine – well I felt as if I already knew her so hardly surprising. Her youthfulness, in spite of her age, is testament to anyone that if you work in the area you truly love and are passionate about then nothing is an obstacle for success.

 

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You can pre-order my cookbook; publishing date is July 2017.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast is hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

The Fearless Kitchen 47: Antonio Carluccio – Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne

Antonio Carluccio, OBE, OMRI, the Godfather of Italian cuisine, chef, restaurateur and food expert, flew from the UK to Melbourne for the Food and Wine Festival, where I had the pleasure to meet this most loved and respected cookery writer and champion of Italian gastronomy.

Antonio was just shy of his 80th birthday relaxed and clearly chuffed to be in Melbourne and the centre of attention at the World’s Longest Lunch where 1722 people are seated to enjoy a meal he orchestrated.

The entire festival was an amazing feat of organisation and passion, but this lunch was truly unique and super special.

To have the opportunity to share this with my listeners and for you to hear the buzz and inspirational words from Antonio is a gift, I am proud to give.

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The Fearless Kitchen Podcast is hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast 46: Melbourne & Toni Sassi

 

I am in love with Melbourne and Lyon Street brings back a host of extraordinary memories. When I studied at Melbourne University I would wander Lyon Street at all hours. Afternoons for gelato, evenings for pasta, mornings for coffee and Saturday afternoon at Jimmy’s for a glass of wine. When the opportunity arose to work at Tony Sassi’s it was exciting for me and for my friends who would constantly visit me from the other side of the bar. This were heady student days and I loved every minute of them. Join me as I share this story with you.

You can pre-order my cookbook – publishing date is July 2017.

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The Fearless Kitchen Podcast is hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast 45: The Rebrand/Solo Episode

 

This is my first solo episode where you will hear just from me without an interview attached. I have chosen to add some of this stories into the podcast to share my own story and the challenges I also face as a passionate lover of food, as a lover of motivating others – and how I try to pull this together to successfully make it my life.

This episode shares the story of how The Fearless Kitchen actually came to be the name I am using as both the title of my book and of this podcast. My favourite spot is my kitchen, and it is by far the worst looking room in our home. However, it is the place I spend the most time, hang out with my kids the most, experiment with recipes and create food for my family. It doesn’t mean that cooking is all I do – I am fearless in other ways too – but this title seemed apt in so many ways.

To find out more head to www.vanessabaxter.co.nz

You can pre-order my cookbook too at a special price – publishing date is July 2017.

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The Fearless Kitchen Podcast is hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

The Fearless Kitchen Podcast 44: Chef Manish Tyagi, San Francisco

Chef Manish Tyagi

Manish Tyagi has followed his passion, through fate and circumstance, through the hand of God and most importantly through his own diligence and determination to succeed.

At every chance Manish said, “yes sure”. He found himself at hospitality school rather than engineering. He found himself being interviewed by an Executive Chef instead of a Food & Beverage Manager and ended up in a kitchen.

When a phone call came from the USA, following an award he received in India, he said yes and jumped on a plane, with his wife, to a new country and a new adventure and is now making waves in the US city of San Francisco which officially has the largest number of restaurants per capita.

His new venture August 1 Five, named for the Indian day of Independence is a unique blend of true Indian family food lovingly caressed into a modern presentation for the diner.

His dream is to bring you the story of his own journey, of his family and of the country he has for now left behind. Manish shares all this and more – his parents have had their visas revoked to visit, his wife is unable to work in the USA too, but they have the grit to stick this out and to live every day thankful for the opportunities that have come to them.

When you listen I guarantee you will be uplifted and energised and probably ready to book a ticket and then a table to visit this Chef in the heart of San Francisco.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 43: Food Writer, Editor – Niki Bezzant

Niki Bezzant & Vanessa Baxter

Niki Bezzant is a writer, a speaker, an editor and an eater! She loves food and all of it. She is a believer in balance and speaks out against diets and ‘faddish’ eating types of lifestyles. Why? Because to her they are unsustainable. Her feeling is that people have become obsessed by what they can’t or shouldn’t eat rather than concentrating on a balance of lovely fresh foods – mostly from the land and the sea – that nourish us – body and soul.

Niki is the President of the Food Writers of NZ Association and Editor at Large of the Healthy Food Guide NZ. She has a TedX talk – Cupcakes and Carrots which is fabulous, and she can be heard often on the panel at RadioNZ. She is passionate about clothes and sews her own – she loves vintage designs (and rainy weather which is the perfect excuse for cooking and sewing). You will hear loads from her in our chat and you can also find out more about Niki by visiting her website.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 42: Chef; Composer of Food – Jacques Reymond – Melbourne

Jacques Reymond, a composer of ingredients into dishes and dishes into occasions. Known as the founder of modern Australian cuisine, Jacques came to Melbourne over 30 years ago, bringing his well-honed technical skills and intimate knowledge of hospitality which he combined with Australian indigenous ingredients to capture the essence of his new home.

Whilst demanding of those around him, he has expected no less of himself and at 23 he was running the kitchens at a hotel in South America, supervising over 100 chefs, the menu planning and events. Jacques will play an integral part in the upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, held over 2 weeks from the 31st March 2017. This is an annual event which is much treasured in the food world, showcasing world leading Chefs, fabulous cooking techniques and wonderful ingredients.

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Jacques Restaurants – in Melbourne, Australia are Bistro Gitan and L’Hotel Gitan.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 41: Peter Gordon – Chef, Restaurateur and Writer

Peter Gordon is a Chef extraordinaire, Consultant Chef to AirNZ, passionate food lover, Executive Chef of The Providores in London, The Sugar Club and Bellota in Auckland, and co-founder of Cross Town Doughnuts in London.

He is a caring supporter of many charities – all of which have touched him personally. This Founding Father of fusion cuisine (as he is known in NZ) has a wonderful story telling ability that draws you in and has you wishing you could join him on his next adventure. How this man has packed so much into his days and life to date is extraordinary. That he still gives his time for fans like me is testimony to the wonderful person he is known to be.

Seriously, everyone I spoke to about him, without fail, told me how lovely he is. Yet, I was still so nervous to interview him. But I can assure you his reputation is confirmed – this man in a delight. Caring, genuine, fun, and crazy busy, Peter is desperate for more time in a year and would love to go and hang out to cook with the locals in South America. I truly hope he gets there because he so deserves to do that for himself.
Enjoy sharing a little of Peter’s journey with me, here, on my podcast.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast, hosted by Vanessa Baxter and brought to you by Podcasts NZ and World Podcasts.

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