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Founder of The Fearless Kitchen and social entrepreneur


Vanessa Baxter is a social entrepreneur fuelled by passion, fearlessness and a desire to have a positive impact in our community.

Current work:
She is the founder of The Fearless Kitchen, a social enterprise focussed on impacting the health and education of Kiwi youth. An avid traveller and adventurer she is passionate about food and connecting communities.

Vanessa followed her passion for food and began a catering business which led to language and food courses in Italy, before taking a role as private chef in the US and Switzerland.

Television: Vanessa was a finalist in Master Chef 2013, and is recognised as that Aussie who was brash, determined, bold, loud and had 9 lives! You may still spot her on TV or radio, as she speaks as a guest on many and varied subjects including parenting, social impact and of course food.

Author: In 2017 she published her first book, The Fearless Kitchen which won two awards in 2018. “Gourmand award for Best TV Cookbook in NZ ” and “International Book Awards, Best International Cookbook.” She has also produced a year's worth of podcast episodes where she interviews fabulous foodie personalities from around the globe.

Today she's focussed on her impact driven business of corporate team building and client events matched with cooking experiences for Kiwi youth in need.



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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
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