Chef happy to be home

Emily AceSouth Western Times

Bunbury-born chef Teresa Cutter will return to her West Australian roots for a book signing and cooking master-class on the promotional trail of her new cookbook Healthy Baking.

The book is a comprehensive bible of simple, healthy baking and dessert recipes Cutter loves to cook, with a focus on sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo and wholefood creations.

“I’ve written the book because I want everyone to enjoy the essence of baking your own delicious food at home, which is how I learnt and was inspired to take it further,” Cutter said.

“Cook with the kids, pass on the tradition of cooking whole foods from scratch and your body and those around you will thank you for it.”

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A graduate of Bunbury Catholic College, Cutter began her apprenticeship at The Lord Forrest Hotel under executive chef Neil Jackson, before moving to Perth with her husband Paul and continuing under executive chefs Chris Taylor and Bert Lozy.

“I was very fortunate to have trained with some great chefs who were equally great teachers,” Cutter said.

“We learnt to make every single thing from scratch – nothing pre-prepared brought in – the essence of cooking in all its glory was magnificent.”

Cutter took control of her health at just nine years old, when a class survey of students’ height and weight led to the discovery she was the heaviest in the class.

“I remember that day as if it were yesterday,” she said.

“I was always sick – in and out of hospital, my immune system suffered.

“I had to take control of my health – my parents would call it being rebellious, I would call it saving my life.”

Cutter is now a classically trained chef, nutritionist, author, fitness trainer and media personality living in Sydney, who claimed a place in this year’s Business Woman’s Hall of Fame.

Cutter will make an appearance at Kitchen Warehouse in Melville, Perth at 2pm tomorrow for a book signing and to conduct Healthy Baking master classes before coming home to Bunbury to visit family.

“Coming home to Bunbury is the main reason I fly over from Sydney – it’s my home town and I feel relaxed and comfortable.”

Cutter said she would be preparing her Healthy Carrot Cake Topped with Yoghurt Vanilla Frosting and Graham Cracker Biscuits – one of her favourite recipes from Healthy Baking – for her parents while she is in town.

Bookings to her Perth appearance are available through www.thehealthychef.com

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