The following people are our committee nominations for 2019.
Nicola is a NZ Registered Nutritionist and has spent most of her career working in that area, including for the Heart Foundation and Community & Public Health. More recently, realising that the key to eating a good diet was to be able to cook well, Nicola completed a year in Culinary Essentials at what was formally known as Christchurch Polytechnic – which she totally enjoyed. This armed her to not only give advice on what to eat but also how to prepare it in a tasty and attractive fashion.
In the last few years Nicola has had her own business, Nourish and shared her time between this and working in marketing for local Waipara winery, The Crater Rim. Not being able to resist the opportunity to match good food with fine wines, Nicola has just published her first book, Savour & Sip, which features nourishing dishes that complement their range of wines.
Nicola has been a member of Food Writers for many years and is really keen to build up membership in the Christchurch region as well as organize more social functions and professional development.
Food has been a consuming topic for the majority of my life. A passion that was sparked in my childhood by my Nana’s fantastic cooking led me to pursue this as a career. I left school at 17 to open a café in Wellington with a school friend, which didn’t last long but opened my eyes to the working world. I graduated from AIT as a chef in the mid 90’s and set about travelling the world and working in kitchens where I could. This I discovered was not a lifestyle I could sustain in the long-term so I returned to NZ to study human nutrition at the University of Otago where I graduated with a Master’s degree in 2006.
I currently work for the Heart Foundation developing heart healthy recipes and resources to help New Zealand families and children cook easy and affordable meals. I have also recently launched my own Youtube channel- Handmade Food, where I have been exploring the medium of video as a way to communicate cooking techniques and ideas. This is hugely challenging and exciting for me and I look forward to growing and developing my skills.
NICOLA MCCONNELL BIO
Nicola McConnell is a marketing communications professional who chooses to specialise in the area she loves – food and drink.
She’s worked in the field for more than 20 years after training as a journalist, working on a daily paper and on radio. As well as working on both sides of the media release, she’s traversed the Tasman Sea working in Sydney and Melbourne and now works from her Dunedin base. Nicola has worked for publicly listed corporations, family owned businesses and for herself – giving her an understanding of business from all sides.
In partnership with Kathie Bartley, Nicola is co-owner and founder of Marvellous Marketing which established and runs the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards and with Intermedia NZ is the co-owner of the New Zealand Chocolate Awards. Marvellous Marketing is also the marketing communication agency for New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers organising the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards and NZ Cheese Month. As the owner of Dunedin marketing and PR consultancy Brand Amp, Nicola recently established Dine Dunedin and she’s recently taken been appointed to run the marketing communications for iD Dunedin Fashion Week.
Other career highlights include helping the team behind the International Food Design Conference in Dunedin in 2014 and 2016; working with King Island Dairy cheeses in Australia, a stint as the Marketing Manager for the world acclaimed Sydney Fish Market and marketing communications for Penfolds including Penfolds Grange and Magill Estate Restaurant at Penfolds home vineyard in Adelaide.
If elected to Food Writers NZ, Nicola would love to work with the committee to ensure members outside of Auckland can maximise their membership with access to events and seminars.