Plant-based chef at Desa Potato Head
I mentally and physically healed myself through my diet and it opened the doors to a new, amazing and conscious way of being.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
I was in the midst of a successful career in fashion and film when I started learning about the positive effects of a plant-based lifestyle. I didn’t plan to change my career, it just organically happened. My new lifestyle gave me the confidence and drive to want to teach other people, especially women, about the amazing benefits for your mind and body when changing to a plant-based diet. I mentally and physically healed myself through my diet and it opened the doors to a new, amazing and conscious way of being. In particular, 2017 was a pivotal year for me, where I dedicated a substantial amount of my life to health, fitness and wellbeing which essentially led me to where I am today!
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the hard work I put into everything I do, and I’m super passionate about sharing that knowledge. I am really honoured to be able to teach a plant-based lifestyle and its benefits and share my recipes. So definitely my biggest achievement is working with my different teams and sharing my journey with them.
What impact have you made in Bali?
I’ve sprinkled my recipes all over Bali for the past few years, and I have also produced new plant-based dishes. I have trained numerous teams to cook plant-based meals, and sharing my knowledge makes me feel like they are learning something new and getting inspired. Hopefully that’s impacted not only the people I have trained, but they are then taking those recipes home to introduce more plant-based dishes into their everyday lives.
What does 2022 look like for you?
2022 is looking big for me! I’ve just joined Desa Potato Head in Bali and this is a huge step for my career. I feel honoured coming on board with a company that is aligned with my philosophy and that encourages me to be as creative as possible. They are a constant support and the space is a playground for me to go wild with my craziest ideas. 2022 for me is about growing, learning and pushing the boundaries even more.
What do you love most about Bali?
No doubt about it: my favourite thing about Bali is the people. The Balinese are the kindest souls, so warm and welcoming. If you’ve ever been to Bali you would totally understand! I also love our community here. There’s been such strong community spirit not only during the pandemic, but before also, and a lot of support between businesses and also for the local community. Bali is an island where your friends truly become your family. I love Bali and the way this island makes me feel so at home!! Of course the abundance of nature and its vibrant array of tropical fruits and vegetables makes this island a paradise for me as a chef.
If you could choose your last ever meal, what would it be?
Anything with peanut sauce!!!
Who is your Local Legend and why?
I can’t just pick one! There are so many Local Legends! Can I name a few? All my staff and all the hospitality teams that have pushed through the past few years get an honourable mention from me.