an interview with lunch lady



Founder of blog-turned-magazine Lunch Lady on the release of issue two, life in the Australian bush, and how her daughter being bullied at school inspired a tasty new enterprise.

Congratulations on the release of the second issue of Lunch Lady, you must be super pleased? Thank you so much. I have to say, it’s a bit of a special one. Each time I flick through it I’m just in love with every page. There are so many great recipes in there, but also some really interesting reads, like ‘Does art make your kid smart?’, ‘What effect does colour have on your kids?’. ‘Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?’ And, of course, there is a craft activity. I really enjoyed the process of producing the second issue, I had learnt a lot during the process of issue one coming together and I was keen to put my new skills to the test. I’d never done this before and I have to admit I was freaking scared, but I find those challenges are the ones that have the most incredible outcomes. And so far this is pretty incredible.

The Lunch Lady blog, and subsequent magazine, came about when your oldest daughter, Maya, was bullied for her packed lunch at school… Yes, one lunch-time I went to surprise Maya at school. I noticed she was sitting on one side of the school hall and the rest of the kids were on the other. It’s pretty heartbreaking to see your kid dealing with that kind of stuff. You love them so much and you think everyone else should love them, too.