So I suppose you have guessed by now, that we – The Chef and The Nutrition Guru are entwined by a common love of food. Today we though we would give you a quick run down of who we are, what we love and a little secret or two based on questions we’ve been getting asked on our Facebook page. Today is the Nutrition Guru’s turn.
How did you both meet?
I was a waitress, and used to stare at The Chef from afar across the kitchen at the functions centre we both worked at. I was a bit cheeky really, because I used to make excuses all the time to my boss do go and complete all the jobs in the kitchen where The Chef was. My boss thought I was on the ball, but really I just wanted an excuse to oggle over the handsome chef in the corner straining his soups.
Where did you go for your first date?
We went to a restaurant on the top of Mt Cootha, Brisbane. I remember eating desserts, and more desserts and I was very taken by The Chef and his love of food.
Who does the cooking at home?
The Chef works nights and weekends, so I do a lot of cooking. The last thing he wants to do is to slave away in the kitchen on his day off. But, when he does cook at home he always cooks something fabulous.
If you could have one of The Chefs skills what would it be?
His ability to sleep anywhere, at anytime! It amazes me.
What sort of eater were you as a child?
Well my dad brought me up on chicken wings, pickles and mustard before I was able to talk. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind trying crazy new things all the time.
What food will you never try again?
I love all food, and very rarely do I not eat anything. I like jellyfish, fermented tofu and beef tendon. What I will not eat again though is chickens feet. Being Chinese, The Chef loves them but they make me green.
If you had superhero powers for a day, what would they be?
Longer legs. That is all I ask for (I’m 4 foot 9).
Definately our honeymoon last year. It was 2 weeks of eating. The Chef wanted desperatley to go to Singapore. I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but fell in love with the place as soon as we got there.
If you could only eat one food forever, what would it be?
Won Ton noodle soup with veges and pork. I love won tons so much, that I think my name is now Tara Lee Won Ton Leong. Wow, that sounds very asian doesn’t it.
If someone had to describe you what would they say?
“She’s the really short one”.
Your pet hate?
Definately hearing the sound of people eating on tv. It makes my skin crawl. I want to watch a movie/tv, not hear the inside of peoples mouths.
Why do you like to be healthy?
So that I can be happy. There are many things we can’t control in our lives, the traffic, the weather, the cranky next door neighbour, or the price of petrol. But we CAN wake up in the morning and choose to be responsible for the way we feel and in many ways how happy we will be that day.
What is one thing you wish you did more of?
Exercise. Being unwell has meant I have had to spend a lot of time on the couch (and I mean a lot) but that will hopefully change soon. I used to be a dancer and a personal trainer, so I love being active.
Who is your favourite cook or chef?
Oh what! That is the hardest question in the world! I think I am a gigantic foodie. Someone called me a food groupie the other day, and so I suppose I can call myself a froupie (food-groupie). I just love Maggie Beer, Poh Ling Yeow, Anthony Bourdain and Luke Nguyen. Amazingly, I’ve actually met 3 of them in the last couple of months! How lucky am I!
Where do you hope to be in the next 5 years?
I hope to be eating a smorgasboard of food that the Chef has just cooked me, on our private yacht sailing the Maldives. Just joking! I hope to be a known and respected dietitian with regular gigs writing for newspapers and magazines inspiring people to be happy and healthy. Oh, a tv show with The Chef would be amazing? Riding around the country side in this little car, full of fresh fruit, vegetables and baguettes!
What’s words of wisdom do you have about Nutrition?
I think that it is definately to not get involved in all the hype of what to CUT OUT of your diet. There is a lot of ‘don’t eat carbs after 5 pm, rice is bad, don’t eat ANY sugar, if you feed your child something with a microgram of sugar in it you are evil, non organic food will kill you, meat is the evil of the earth’ etc. I don’t believe that any of these statements are true and in fact can cause more health problems than good. Being aware of the benefits of organic is good, and buying organic when you can is absolutely fabulous, but creating fear in people for not following these ideas can be damaging in that people can begin to think ‘Well I can’t afford the organic apples today, and other apples are bad and I might die from eating them, so I won’t eat any fruit, I’ll eat icecream instead’. It can also cause people to become healthy obsessed which is good for our physical health, but not for our mental health.
So I think that trying every day to be healthy, without being restrictive is the key. Thinking more about what you can add to your diet rather than what you have to restrict. For example, try and increase your fruit this week and aim for 2 pieces per day rather than thinking ‘I must not eat chocolate, lollies or coke’ this week. I can guarantee, that when your belly is full from eating your two apples, your brain won’t even be thinking about having to talk yourself out of chocolate.
Stay happy and healthy…if you have any questions, drop us a comment!
- Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant at the Food Festival. (thenutritionguruandthechef.wordpress.com)
- Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012 – FOODIE HEAVEN! (thenutritionguruandthechef.wordpress.com)