Chrissie Flanagan has been out of the kitchen since the birth of her two gorgeous daughters, Lucy (5) and Ivy (1). As a recently separated single mother, she feels it’s now time to get back into the workforce and set a good example to her daughters.
“I want to show my girls when good opportunities come your way in life to make the most of it.”
Easy going, friendly and caring, Chrissie fondly remembers making her first-ever dish with her own mother, scones, and her mum setting out all the ingredients on the bench for her to get to work. “I would like to carve a career in helping and teaching parents to cook for their kids. I want to show them it can be quick, easy, nutritional and painless.”
At 16, Chrissie started a traineeship in kitchen operations. She began her apprenticeship in 1997, then worked in hotels and restaurants for three years, before spending the three years working and travelling overseas. She has worked at the two hatted Bel Mondo, The Book Kitchen, Wokpool, Bathers and Fourth Village Providore. Chrissie gave up full-time work in the kitchen after her children were born and has worked casually in between the births of her two daughters.
While she dreams of one day opening a small restaurant, everything she does comes back to a single purpose. “To be a role model for my daughters. To show them they can achieve whatever they want in life with some hard work.”