Jax Hamilton’s latest book, Union Jax, captures her personality in 230 pages, covering food recipes and her latest trip back to her homeland.
Hamilton, who competed in series two of Masterchef New Zealand, was in Oamaru yesterday, with series one winner Brett McGregor to hold a cooking demonstration at the CRT Ladies’ Night, which was sold out.
It was also a great opportunity to talk more about her book, which was created after a trip back to London last year.
“It’s not just about food, it’s about London and where you can eat, travelling around and going to really good pubs,” she said.
Since an early age, Hamilton has been intrigued with ingredients and said it was a blessing to be able to cook food for a living.
Hamilton said competing on Masterchef was, hands down, the most stressful thing she had done in her life, losing seven kilos and three dreads, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I’m just able to do a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to do before,” she said.
“They showed me what I could achieve under such immense pressure.
“I find my peace in the kitchen.”
Hamilton said her food ethic was to leave her food with its integrity and avoid processed foods.
The book is her second, following Jax Cooks.
By Jessie Waite