Masterchef New Zealand's popular series two runner-up Jax Hamilton entertained an audience of more than 50 foodies when she visited Kaikoura last week.
The evening was organised by Paper Plus Kaikoura and Jax spoke of her time in the Masterchef competition as well as her passion for food and the inspiration behind her new book, Jax Cooks – Great Food for Friends and Family.
She fielded a number of questions, including many on the behind the scenes aspect of the television show, and it was interesting to hear her talk about how the show works and how the contestants all got on in the shared house away from the cameras.
Since the show she has had to get used to being recognised everywhere she goes but it has propelled her into the life of a food guru and she said she has never been happier.
She can now be hired as an MC for events or for interactive cooking demonstrations and will even visit you in your own home to cook up a treat.
Her book covers accessible food and recipes from her childhood, including the influence of traditional Jamaican cooking handed down from her mother, to her years spent shopping for fresh produce in the inner-city markets of her home city of London.
Her food is also influenced by the many different immigrant populations of London, including Greek, Lebanese and Turkish.
For more information on Jax, visit jaxhamilton.co.nz or pick up a copy of her book at Paper Plus Kaikoura.
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