About

 

 

I’m a 44 year old dad, madly in love with my girls, I believe every child deserves love and health.  One way I express my love is by making colourful and bright healthy lunches for my girls. I’ve always loved the creative side of cooking, I’m not a Chef, my inspiration comes from my girls.

Being a parent I find connecting with other parents is easy, we all deal with the “real” lunch making issues.   When I took over lunches and cooking duties, it became a passion, I realised just how important it is for our children to eat right. My mission began and that was to promote healthy eating for as many children as possible.

A few people have said just how lucky my wife is, I don’t see it that way.  I believe that I’m doing my duty as a parent, it needs to be done, and just as my wife does a heap of chores I try and do my bit, as a parent it’s the way it is. I have two girls so I need to show them how it is, it’s up to us to create the “norm”, hopefully when they’re older they’ll know what to look out for in a partner. I’m preparing them for the future.

I have been lucky enough to do live TV and even got to create my sandwich inventions live on TV too.  I did a 30 minute TV interview in Europe a few times, newspapers, and media, click on my MEDIA page to see some. My mission and purpose has now changed a little, I’m currently tackling the State Government of Victoria to change the rules and regulations for Canteen food.  Secondly, I’m in the process of obtaining funding through lobbying and support from my local MP. I have a meeting with the Minister of Education on Nov 8. So stay tuned. I want to be able to reach out to as many schools and parents/carers to demonstrate just how easy healthy school lunches can be. I have literally contacted every school in the Geelong region with amazing support thus far. Stay tuned.

The idea

I decided at the start of 2015 that I will take the cooking chores away from my wife so  she can concentrate on everything else that needs doing in the mornings.  The school lunch box creations started taking shape and a few people started taking notice, the feedback was promising.  Then one day a light bulb moment and my Instagram page was born.

The aim

I avoid sugar and wrappers and aim to use wholesome food. My aim is to inspire parents (yes, dad’s inclusive) that it’s easy to pack healthy and nutritious school lunches for our children. By being a little creative and out there I hope that some folks find it cool enough for them to try. Most importantly there’s no sugar crashes in the afternoon which means our children can concentrate longer and their behaviour reflects their nutrition.  People also refer to me as the school lunch box dad, though to my 2 daughters I’m “daddy”.

The rest about me

I live in Geelong and am a small business owner doing my bit to make my town a better place.  I love my town and a super dream of mine would be to see every child taking healthy nutritious lunches to school every day.

Growing up was tough, always a struggle but the lessons learnt have made me appreciate so much that I have now. Family is everything to me.

Book me!

I’m available to hold demonstration classes, and show the tricks and tips I use to make creative school lunches and to promote healthy eating.  I’ve toured Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Geelong & Melbourne. The hour and a half demonstration will change the way you look at the school lunch chore! email me HERE for more information.

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My Inspiration, my two girls in our kitchen.

 

Here are a few pics from the show in Brisbane:

 

 

Here are a few pics from the recent Perth show:

 

 

I’ve hidden this right down the bottom as it is dear to my heart, It’s a post I did on Sunday April 30, 2017.

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This is going to be hard, I want to explain a couple of my tattoos as they’re special to me. I’ve had a lot of messages from peeps wanting to know more about me. So here it goes! The first tattoo is the Chess piece with the King and Pawn, and my dad’s signature. Growing up as a kid, my dad insisted he teach me to play Chess, we played for years, one game lasted 6 months. We weren’t allowed to make a move until a week passed. It was my dad’s way of making me think about the game. Patience. So once a week we’d make a move, he taught me how the Queen piece can do anything, go any direction and just how important she is in order to win. Always thinking ahead of your opponent and trying to think about their moves etc. Fast forward many years and the day before my dad died he told me that the reason why he wanted me to understand Chess was his way to leave a legacy with me. He told me that the King can only move one step at a time, the King needs the Queen, she’s the most valuable piece. Then it clicked, he was teaching me life. Protect your Queen he said, whether it’s my mum, sister or maybe one day my wife and daughters. Women are the backbone and strength of most families. He died 20 years ago so he didn’t know my family as it is now. He said to think about what I say or what I do, think about the consequences to ensure people don’t get hurt. Pawns come and go, they’re like certain friends that only stick around for a bit, they won’t change the game of life, but always protect your Queen, life will be easier with her. Now I have a wife and two daughters, his analogy is permanently tattooed on me. I scanned his signature from his drivers licence and had it tattooed under the King and Pawn, which represents my dad (King) and me following his moves (Pawn). The other tattoo is a photo of my mum and dad when they started dating. It reinforces to me that love is real. I might sound like a hippie in saying this, I believe in love.