Masterchef winner talks cookbooks

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Masterchef New Zealand winner Nadia Lim’s dream as a child was to write her own cook book – and she now has two on the shelves.

Lim won series two of the cooking show and will be in Oamaru this month to share her passion for delicious and healthy food and speak about her latest book, Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cook Book.

“When I was 12, I watched Jamie Oliver on the Naked Chef and I remember thinking that’s what I want to do,” she said.

“I always loved food growing up.”

Lim is a firm believer that eating healthily should be delicious, fun and exciting, rather than revolving around consuming a salad every day for the rest of your life.

“I’m not an artist but food has always been my creative outlet,” she said.

She has been a whizz in the kitchen since a young girl, cooking three course meals for her friends, who thought she was the bees knees being able to create the dishes.

“That was the way I could make people happy,” she said.

“It really stemmed from that.”

Lim said people are always interested in knowing how she creates the recipes that go into the cook books and learning more about her time on Masterchef.

Living in Malaysia for about six years when growing up, Lim learnt a lot about the local flavours and said she likes to incorporate them into some of her dishes in a simple way.

“It’s a food melting pot,” she said.

Lim, who bumped into ex-Oamaruvian Jude Lankershear, said she was asked to give a shout out to her family, who still live in Oamaru.

Nadia Lim will demonstrate dishes from her new book at Fenwick School Hall on Tuesday November 19 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $15 and include a glass of wine and supper.

Tickets are available at Paper Plus Oamaru.

By Jessie Waite