Cooking is my north star, my stress-reliever and my favourite way to recharge. And for me, cooking for other people is the greatest privilege. Being able to carefully control the ingredients, cooking method and the way the food is presented and served whilst acknowledging other people’s trust to eat what I have prepared, is such an honour.
I grew up in a typical Aussie family whose get-togethers and reunions always revolved around a big colourful table full of delicious food. I was an active kid and always had a really healthy appetite. After completing a Tourism Management degree, my first three years of full-time work was at a catering company, planning and supervising events at two of Sydney’s favourite restaurants. It was here that I developed a deep appreciation for the importance of food at events, and the joy that preparing good and hearty food at celebrations brings. Soon after, I started Sassy Bites, to put what I had learnt into practise as a fun side-line to my full-time job.
After 40 years of city living, and a big lifestyle reassessment which only a pandemic can bring, my chief taste tester, Ty and our dog, Saffy bought a little piece of country life on the edge of Daylesford in the Victorian central highlands. In addition to the cool, crisp fresh air, sweeping green landscapes and winding country roads, the abundance of fresh, local produce grown in and on the rich volcanic soil is a huge drawcard for us food-loving folk.
I genuinely love the whole catering experience; from designing a menu to fit within the style of your event, your guests and their budget, to taking my time to source the best quality ingredients, to calmly prepping and cooking without stress, and most of all serving at your event. I believe you can taste the mood of the cook in their food, so there’s nothing in my menus that I don’t love cooking.