I was fortunate to capture Mindy Woods from MasterChef 4. She cooks from the heart and her unique online production, "Eat Drink, Travel Play" seeks out, discovers and shares unique, undiscovered culinary and cultural experiences around the globe. Mindy has decided to leave her “sensible” career in Physiotherapy behind and turn all her attention to food.
“I want to know I can step away from everything that gives me security.”
Here is a little snipped about Mindy
"From a very young age I had an innate passion, near obsession for food. My Mum often reminds me of my determination to marry a ‘Chinese man’ from a very young age…so that my dad could teach him how to cook for me.
Soggy lettuce and onion sandwiches and cold cups of tea at the age of four was my first (not so) memorable attempt at preparing my first meal, breakfast in bed for my Mum and Dad. My culinary skills and abilities have hopefully improved since then.
My favourite pastimes were meals shared with the people I loved. Our family table was one that always welcomed extended family, neighbours and friends. People looked forward to sharing meals with my family not only because of my parent’s generosity of spirit but also because of the ‘exotic’ foods we would often cook and serve. We certainly weren’t your typical ‘meat and three veg’ type of family.
A keen student I pursued a career in Physiotherapy. I truly enjoyed my time spent with patients, learning of their stories and empowering them with the knowledge and skills to optimally recover from injury and illness. Health and fitness today is an integral part of my lifestyle.
Underlying this desire to connect with and help people was a rising passion for food that started to consume my everyday. It became more than a passion it became my life. Today very much like my Mum and Dad, food is the medium I use to create, inspire, connect with and nourish the family and friends in my world. I dream, breath and live food my every moment. It sings to me like a beautiful melody of colour, flavour, texture and balance.
My philosophy on food is very much about celebrating local produce, staying true to seasonality, supporting sustainabilityand creating meals that are not only delicious but nourish our bodies and our souls. Simplicity and honesty are the important foundations of the food I create and will share with you.
Join me on my quest for taste and lets discover the inspired flavours of Australia together."
For REALY yummy recipes, hop over the Mindy's website.
The below images captured here in action at the Cast Off Seafood and Wine Festival.