Coming from a background that is Australian, British and Chilean has undoubtedly affected my wide range of culinary tastes. The best part of cooking for me has always been the great combinations of flavours that can be achieved with using different herbs and spices.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I started cooking at a young age and always knew I wanted to be a chef. I loved being in the kitchen and remember coming home from School and grabbing my mothers copy of "Cookery the Australian Way" and baking some Anzac biscuits, Yo-Yos or a batch of scones – I must have been about 9 or 10 years old. I started professional cookery in 1997, at the age of 17 and trained in various restaurants in and around Melbourne, working mainly with Italian, Greek and pan-Asian cuisines.
In 2005 I decided it was time to expand my knowledge in cooking and was keen to move to London to further my career as a chef. One of the first jobs that I applied for was at Mildreds restaurant, I quickly took over as Sous Chef, then Head Chef.
In October 2010 I and my fellow chef Sara Wasserman started a food blog for Mildreds to give us a platform to experiment and share some of our recipes and daily specials from Mildreds with the blogging community, ultimately leading to our cookbook, featuring some of my favourite dishes (and the restaurant's best-known).