Rosie Mansfield aka Food Hacker™ is a professional nutritionist hell bent on making cooking less complicated. She wants to inspire ANYONE to get in their kitchen, however small it might be, and cook REAL food. Rosie sieves out the unnecessary methods and strips recipes to their bare essentials using ingredients and equipment we all know and like. She likes to think of herself as a little digestive enzyme that breaks down nutrition into bite-size digestible chunks for you to go away and marinate. British born, Rosie now lives in her adopted home of Australia. A lifelong vegetarian, Rosie’s eating philosophy is the simple 80:20 rule. Eating 80% plant based, 80% full and 80% clean as possible. 20% of the time she eats what she wants – in moderation. On her down time, you may find her surfing and stand up paddle boarding around the bays of Sydney. So time to let Rosie’s infectious positivity towards good food and nifty kitchen tricks rub off on your cooking.
For many people air travel and good food are two mutually exclusive experiences. But for Richardson it was one that led him to the other. Thankfully for Melbourne gastronomes his dreams of becoming a pilot were trumped by the captivating chaos of the kitchen. “I started working in kitchens part time to pay for my lessons and that’s where it sort of kicked off, I gave up the flying lessons and went back to school.” Since then he has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens around the world.
Despite his early stint in aviation Richardson had “always been around good food, from day one” admitting “I didn’t know what “bad” food was”. Growing up in a household with “a mélange of North African, Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine” Richardson’s heritage definitely helps explain his enthusiasm for quality food that’s packed with flavour.
What his heritage doesn’t help explain is his interest in all things blood and guts, given one side of his family are strict vegetarians.
His second book, The Good Life, is a throwback to his younger years. Influenced by memories of times spent cooking at home.“The book is about, just enjoying food with your family and friends and taking it easy and making some things at home. It’s a simple pleasure, it’s not rocket surgery”. Richardson’s philosophy on food has always involved unabashed enjoyment, “a lot of chefs make really fine, pretty, tiny, beautiful food and that’s great, but for me I’m more about family and getting together and sharing things”.