Hello, I’m Jax Hamilton, I’m originally from London; a born and bred cockney, but now live in Christchurch.
In 2010, I applied for Series 2 : MasterChef NZ and 6 months after my application was accepted, I found myself standing in a studio in Auckland as a finalist. I came 2nd - talk about rollercoaster ride. From solo mother on benefits to Celebrity Chef / Media Personality.
The founder, Christina Buckland, contacted me for a recipe for their fundraising cookbook EATS.
My brand Jax Hamilton Ltd, has a specific charity stance : Domestic Violence, Women and Children - poverty, hunger, illness. Also, my son was severely burned as a 5 year old and I have been that terrified Mother, in a hospital, sitting beside my sick child, thinking I was on my own. Scared, alone, emotional. Praying.
Me 54. Jack 25. Tom 22. Pumpkin the cat 20 (or 88 cat years)
Knowing that when I’m no longer here, the world will benefit from 2 incredible humans, who I’m so very proud of. Let’s face it, our main job is to produce, grow and release fabulous humans into the world. They are our seeds.
Life is really big. Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Live everyday as big as you can. Be adventurous. Lean into challenges. Believe in yourself. Lower your expectations of everyone else. Try to meet people where they’re at because you won’t always know. Always live your most authentic truth.
Life is really big. Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror. Just keep going.
Either a bath in the middle of the day with epsom salts and a few camomile tea bags. OR I’m learning the piano at the moment, so a couple of hours practicing. Or reading beneath the beautiful peach tree in my garden with the wind whispering gently through the leaves.
The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
People. Food. Music. Books. Words. Alone time.
As humans, we are born of a recipe… 1 egg, etc., Life is a recipe, with the proper ingredients you can create what and how you like. What you curate and put into your life, is up to you, because if you choose bad ingredients, like a dish, the end product is never good.
Growing, cooking and eating food for me, my family, friends, community, is the greatest gift of all. It's an expression like no other. I feed the trees, veggies and plants in my garden and home. The birds that come to visit everyday. My neighbours and community. My sons every week. The homeless when I can. And most importantly I feed myself the best I can. Whether a divine whitebait pattie sandwich with incredible bread. Or a simple risotto, that has had the love stirred into it.
My grandmother Esther, who died before I was born, but feel her presence every time, I’m sad or feel like giving up. I would make a saucepan of thick, fragrant chicken soup, filled with chunky wholesome ingredients and a magical depth of flavour. And together we’d hold our hot bowls with both hands. Bring them to our chests, blow on the spoons, sip, talk, cry, laugh and be fulfilled.
Everyone has a better side. My life is not in my hands, so I should make the best of everyday. Calm is a super power.
That everyone has a better side. My life is not in my hands, so I should make the best of everyday. Calm is a super power.
War. Hunger. Poverty. Ego.
I’m not much of a dessert / cake fan, so when I do have it, I like a lot of flavour and personality. There’s a Chocolate Frangipane Tart, made with ground cardamon. It’s delicious, gluten free, light and divine. I use that quite a lot when I want to treat myself or when friends are coming over.
Gently pulls hope into a room, when all believe it has stopped at the door.
Either engage me as Key Note Speaker - I tell my story in this forum. Or head to www.jaxhamilton.co.nz