We’re so excited to be featured over at the Platypus Directive, where blogger Tamarah Rockwood talks about life with 5 kids, eating gluten free, and raising chickens. She interviewed me about my background as a chef, philosophy on cooking with kids, and the Joyful 12!
Here’s a short blurb from the interview:
“Tamarah: Where did you start your career as a chef? What was your inspiration?
Hollie: It all started on a cooking vacation in Tuscany almost seven years ago. I had recently gone through a divorce, and this was a trip I had always wanted to take, so I went. Every day, I cooked with twenty other adults at a 15th century estate outside of Lucca Italy. We learned simple dishes that were loaded with flavor and seasonal ingredients. There is something about getting your hands into food. It’s very healing. In a corporate setting you are using your mind a lot but in the kitchen, you take something from a raw ingredient and you work with it to create this beautiful outcome that gives people a lot of pleasure. When I returned from that trip, I was at a crossroads. It dawned on me that everyone on the trip had been in their late 50s and 60s and yet it was the first time they had experienced extremely simple healthy cooking that was delicious. I kept coming back to the same thing. I teach people leadership development in my corporate job. I connect them with information to improve their lives. Why couldn’t I do this with children? Why couldn’t I teach kids about the joy of understanding what a balanced relationship with food is like. It’s as simple as that.”
Join us this summer to get more variety and joy into your kitchen meals. We’re looking forward to seeing you in the Learning Lab! Sign Up for the Joyful 12 here!