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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.

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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