She’s inspired by cookbooks and food blogs.

Vanessa leads the FOOBY team and spends many a day working with great people, cooking, eating and discussing.

Have you a favourite cooking partner?

My mum. I learned everything from her and I still love cooking together with her in the kitchen. I also love to cook alone – it’s very relaxing and no one gets in the way.

How do you come up with your kitchen creations?

Most of the time I’m inspired by the leftovers in my fridge – I figure out what I could cook with them before they go off. From this, stems a lot of new and creative combinations.

Which dishes or ingredients have you «newly» discovered?

The Dukkah spice mix. Any time I season a dish with this it gives it a delicious Middle Eastern flavour.

What smell evokes positive memories in you?

Waffles. The smell reminds me of my childhood. Which food can you not stand at all? Olives – which is such a pity because I love the Italian cuisine. For this reason, I always leave something behind every antipasti plate I order! Luckily my partner loves olives and usually takes care of the leftovers.

What is the most important meal of the day for you?

Somehow, I can’t imagine skipping any of the meals. If I had to decide on a favourite it would probably have to be dinner because there’s nothing better than ending a good day with some nice food (and a good glass of wine).

The most important spices in my kitchen are turmeric and chilli.

Vanessa

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