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Founder of The Fearless Kitchen and social entrepreneur


Vanessa Baxter has lived a fearless life of adventure and challenge. She is well known in New Zealand for her passion for food, her presence on TV and radio, and her love of working to positively impact other people. She is fuelled by her own strength in fearless re-invention and the grasping of opportunities with gusto.

Vanessa engagingly captures the audience with her ability to bring her stories to life and weave them with the base threads of ‘how to live fearlessly’. She is a positive force in a room and can connect with any audience.

Her ‘Fearless Re-invention’ presentation is empowering as people are encouraged to imagine where they too can apply grit, determination, recovery, choice and fearlessness in their own business, work, relationships and life. As in her life, she is adept at adapting to her audience and has been known to shift gear mid-speech to ensure maximum impact.

She is an excellent host and MC, who can deliver to target audience and with ease and professionalism.

She is a cookbook author, has been an Ambassador for RMHC in NZ, works pro bono for Talent Beyond Boundaries global charity, and had her own social enterprise business until covid-19 blew into our lives. She has picked herself up and dusted herself off many times and is currently working on another book and writing projects.

Vanessa is a proud single Mum of two wonderful young adult sons and doesn’t like to forget her first born, Victoria, who she lost at birth. She is happy to share her story of grief and the impact on her life, her marriage and her state of mind if this is pertinent to an occasion. Otherwise, she tends to focus on the fun, wonderful journey of life that can be inspirational and motivational for many.

Vanessa is a highly professional presenter and front face for RMHA. She uses her skills to motivate and empower supporters and to provide an enjoyable and positive experience. RMHC

Thanks so much for an awesome team building on Friday for the IAG crew. Had a great time and it's always that much more special when it's also giving something back.

IAG Insurance

I have had the pleasure of attending three of Vanessa's Corporate cook nights and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Not only have they been a great way of bringing people together in a positive team environment but Vanessa provides all the great recipes, motivation and expertise from her wealth of culinary knowledge. Vanessa is also an Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Auckland and is always there helping the families with cook nights that bring absolute joy to so many. What a pleasure it is to have shared her company.


You are certainly the talk of the town today - our guys are saying it is the best team building they have ever done - thanks for making me look great.

Harvey Norman

My customers simply love you and the warmth that you bring to the room.........your professionalism across the whole project is without question, simply top-level. Personality, spark, is all part of effective marketing and I am proud to have worked with you.

Henry Shein
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