Australian chef Bloom urges return to home cooking

Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:43pm EST
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - As obesity levels rise, Australian TV chef Janelle Bloom is on a mission to get people to quit fast food and get back into the kitchen.

Bloom's third cookbook "Fast, Fresh and Fabulous," aims to build confidence in the kitchen and show people that home cooking can be foolproof, with cooking skills no longer being passed on from generation to generation.

The chef, who presents a television cooking show "Ready Steady Cook," spoke to Reuters about her career and love of food:

Q: Who was your earliest influence?

A: "I come from a fantastic family of cooks. My grandmother was Hungarian and everything in our house revolved around food. I am one of three girls and we were always in the kitchen with my grandmother and mother and we learned to cook from them. We ate way too much but at the time you don't realize how lucky you are. Nutrition is such an important part of what you become."

Q: Did you always want to be a chef?

A: "I always wanted to get into food as that is my passion. I studied as a chef and a home economist. I wanted to teach cooking in schools but I quickly learned that was not something I would be very good at. I went on to learn more about recipe writing and styling to get into magazines and then worked in an exclusive cooking school where I learned about teaching people."

Q: And the TV part?   Continued...

<p>Australian TV Chef Janelle Bloom is seen Sydney in this 2008 handout photo released to Reuters November 11, 2008. As obesity levels rise, Bloom is on a mission to get people to quit fast food and get back into the kitchen. REUTERS/Steve Brown</p>