We had the pleasure of collaborating with Maddy on her ’12 days of Local Christmas’ campaign.
After Maddy baked her amazing festive focaccia in our kitchen, we got the chance to sit down, have a chat and enjoy the tasty creation together.
We asked Maddy some questions about her career in cooking & recipe development.
Tell us a bit about ‘Maddy Trueman’ and how your career came about?
I have always been interested in all aspects of food and cooking. I love the way food can bring people together and the joy that eating great food brings to everyone. For the last 10 years I have been working in hospitality industry and have gained a lot of knowledge. A few years ago I decided to go out on my own as a freelancer. Within my business I work in freelance recipe development (creating for brands, businesses and books), food photography, contract catering, wholesale baking, cafe consulting and more. I also recently developed and launched a matcha and collagen latte product with Lae Wellness, a local business. Every work day is different for me and I really enjoy it!
Who inspired you and influences you the most?
My mum is the most creative and amazing cook I know. I learnt so much from her and my other family members growing up. I’m also very inspired by Donna Hay and Ottolenghi and have followed their work for many years.
Dream food tour location?
I would love to visit Sardinia, an island off the south of Italy. I was recently gifted the cookbook ‘Bitter Honey’ by Letitia Clark. It is an amazing cookbook full of Sardinian food, I have already cooked so many of the recipes.
Where are some of your favourite places to wine/dine and be inspired?
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Restaurant Labart here on the coast. It is our absolute favourite place to visit and we are always so impressed with the amazing food and beautiful wines.
What would be your dream project?
I would absolutely love to have a published cook book in the next year or two. I also have some plans for a physical space that I would love to execute soon!
Check out Maddy’s IG for more recipes from this Local Christmas edition here.