Eating well isn’t about eating little. Life is about balance and so is food. Wellbeing to me is about sharing food with the people you love. I never eat alone; it’s in my blood to eat socially. In places like Hong Kong they eat six or seven dishes for dinner, so you can hardly eat that alone. Eating should be about nourishment for both your body and soul.
Making a cookbook was fun. I wouldn’t call it stressful, it was more of an amazing journey. I was able to involve a lot of people, so it was an adventure for us all. Without my staff it would have been hectic but their support made it all possible.
I’ve tried different types of exercise, like running and boxing, but yoga really works for me. It puts my head and mind into a good space and keeps me fresh, motivated and calm.
Asking me to pick my favourite food is like asking a parent to pick their favourite child. It’s impossible. Asian cuisine has a scale; Japanese is on one end and Indian is on the other, with Thai in the middle because it can be fresh with herbs or a curry style. In between Japanese and Thai is Vietnamese food because it’s full of herbs and has a clean taste. To pick one is really impossible for me.
I was sceptical about the power of writing down your goals but once I did everything fell into place. At the time, my goals were to be married, own my own business and own my own home.
I never intended to become a chef. I had a life-changing moment when I was working at a hotel. In a matter of 24 hours, two staff members died of heart attacks.
“I start every day with a kale, coconut, chia seed and avocado smoothie. My body feels amazing after. It’s so important to make sure you eat food that helps your body.”
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Hair and makeup: Claudia Rodrigues