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Hannah Whitfield
Brisbane, Australia
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When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

I seriously got into cooking when I was about 21, having just returned from living in a dormitory in Spain for six months, where I had no access to a kitchen and realised how much I missed being able to cook my own meals. But I remember the first meal I tried cooking all by myself was a sesame tofu and asparagus dish when I was 16.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My kitchen is actually pretty big compared to the rest of my tiny apartment. However, my stove is terrible and I don't have a dishwasher. And it's all pretty dated! I try to keep organised by washing up as I go. Apart from that, it's pretty chaotic usually.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Don't give up because the first attempt didn't work out! The second go is when you can correct mistakes, and it feels so good to finally get it right... much better than just trying something else, and screwing that up too! Also, google tips about what you're cooking before you get started. You might find some important points about the process there.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

J.K. Rowling, Nigella Lawson and Matt Preston. I think they'd make the most marvellous guests, and I'd make them something unashamedly homecooked and rustic: my favourite shepherd's pie. It's not complicated but people always enjoy it!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I am getting into food photography and styling, so I enjoy reading about that and devouring other people's beautiful blogs and learning from them. I also love reading and watching Netflix shows. I occasionally can be seen heading to the gym or going for a run.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Oh Ladycakes, Erin Made This, Faring Well, Dancing Through Sunday, Mon Petit Four... I could go on for a long time.

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