I'm Bridget, a Mother, Chef, Author, TEDx Speaker, New Zealander and proudly, Maori.
I vividly remember my first food dream.
I would have been 6 or 7 years old and I had seen someone on television tossing pizza dough in the air and swirling it around with the grace of a prima ballerina.
That night I dreamt that I could toss pizza dough high in the air and catch it with one hand behind my back. The next morning I begged my mother to let me try and toss some dough as she stood there baking a round of traditional Maori bread.
Unsuccessful in my attempts to convince her that I would be able to master the art of pizza twirling in a few seconds, I left the kitchen sulking, but still dreaming of how skillful and how high I could get that dough in the air.
Little did I know at the time, my lifelong quest to study and immerse myself in food and cooking had begun. I would spend hours sniffing the little jars in the spice rack, hiding the labels away from myself until I could recognise the difference between dried oregano and dried thyme, nutmeg and all spice.
I was fascinated by kitchen life and would read cookbooks like novels, memorising every photo and every ingredient of my favourite recipes.
I got my first job in a restaurant at age 14 as a waitress in a family run business ~ by age 15 I was running the floor of the restaurant and was learning how to cook from one of my talented cousins that ran the kitchen.
I was on my way. By the age of 20 I had qualified from Chefs school and have been lovingly spending the last 15 years cooking in restaurants, cafes, catering companies and hotels in and around New Zealand and Australia.
I have been in charge some of the best kitchens in New Zealand and Australia including head chef for one of New Zealand’s iconic fine dining restaurants ~ Number Five and head chef for Bill Granger in his Famous Sydney institution Bills.
As well as working in restaurants I could also be found working as executive chef for New Zealand’s leading event company Orange productions and I am currently indulging my pleasures working as a cooking coach, teacher and live cooking demonstrator alongside one of the best chefs in the world ~ Tetsuya Wakuda.
I find motivation and inspiration by cooking at home for my darling family and friends, where we currently love and reside in the wonderful city of Sydney, Australia.
I take great pleasure in teaching and sharing my skills and experiences with others who love to cook or wont cook! I live to inspire and help create exciting culinary moments through cooking and teaching.
Your place or mine? Your dining experience is my pleasure.
So thanks for stopping by, I’m so happy to meet you and hope to share some cooking with you soon.