We're a team of enthusiastic foodies who sniff out the best produce, support sustainable and free–range farming practices and understand the journey food makes to get to the plate.
Nadia Lemongrass Lim
‘Nude Food’ advocate Nadia Lim is passionate about delicious, healthy food that is simple and easy to prepare. The qualified dietitian shot to fame after winning the second series of MasterChef New Zealand. Nadia is the author of four best-selling cookbooks, a guest judge on MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules NZ, and at the heart of My Food Bag, helping to create fresh and delicious recipes that make best use of what’s in season.
Cecilia Couscous Robinson
Founder & Group Co-CEO
Serial entrepreneur and 2013 Ernst & Young "Young Entrepreneur of the Year", My Food Bag is the brainchild of Cecilia. Now a citizen of god’s own, Cecilia came to our shores from Stockholm, Sweden. Cecilia’s love of good food comes from her globetrotting travels and "foodie" family. With a growing toddler on her hands and a forever starving husband - Cecilia believes My Food Bag has been launched just in the nick of time!
Theresa Turmeric Gattung
One of New Zealand’s best known business women, Theresa founded My Food Bag alongside Cecilia and Nadia. As the first female CEO of a publicly listed company in New Zealand, Theresa is a trailblazer and knows a good thing when she sees it. Nowadays, Theresa is involved with a range of both commercial and charitable organisations including the SPCA. While Theresa has a keen love of baking - she doesn’t rate her cooking ability and loves the convenience and inspiration that My Food Bag offers.
Kevin Rhubarb Roberts
Kevin joined My Food Bag as Chair in March 2015. Kevin is Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, where he was CEO Worldwide from 1997 to 2014. His extensive international business career includes leadership and marketing roles at PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Lion Nathan and Spark. Kevin’s inspirational leadership style and customer love philosophy is a great fit with the My Food Bag team. Author of the game changing Lovemark books, Kevin’s lovemarks include the All Blacks, Manchester City and of course My Food Bag.
James Ravioli Robinson
Founder & Group Co-CEO
A jack of all trades, James oversees our Finance, Marketing and Digital operations. My Food Bag is the second business James has founded with his wife Cecilia, after launching Au Pair Link - one of New Zealand’s largest home based childcare providers which they sold to the NZX listed Evolve Education Group in late 2014. A big food lover (eating not cooking) like Carlos, James also grew up on a large East Coast sheep farm. Along with Cecilia, James is the proud parent Thomas "Sausage" Robinson.
Carlos Bruschetta Bagrie
Working across Australia and New Zealand, Carlos is our brand guardian and creative ‘go to guy’ for My Food Bag. Having grown up on a Southland sheep farm, Carlos has a strong connection with the land and understands the journey food takes from farm to plate. Also a whiz in the kitchen, Carlos has learnt from the best, My Food Bag’s head chef and his wife Nadia!
Keiran Korma Andersen
Chief Financial Officer
Having held senior commercial and finance roles in the UK, Keiran is also a Chartered Accountant. With two young children and professional husband – she was already a Classic Food Bag customer before she joined the business. Keiran loves a good curry and has a focus on health and wellness as a yoga fanatic.
Richard Ragu Wafer
Chief Procurement Officer
Richard joins us from a truly foodie background. He spent 6 years working for Cadbury in Dublin before returning to New Zealand with his wife to work at Goodman Fielder. Richard is a huge fan of Italian food, but like any good Kiwi, enjoys a classic pavlova. In his spare time Richard loves being outdoors, whether it be diving for crayfish or swinging his way around a golf course.
Trisha Marmalade Mcewan
Trisha, the former General Manager of HR at Telecom joined the My Food Bag team as a business advisor in late 2014. She supports the My Food Bag team across all aspects people and purpose related. Trisha is a passionate foodie and not only understands the ingredients to put together a great team but also a brilliant recipe. Trisha’s operating philosophy is simple; she says “I will work with people I like, for a purpose I believe in, doing things I am good at, for the country I love”.
Anton Allspice Leyland
Head of Recipe Development
Anton realised food was his destiny after topping Home Economics when he was only 15 years old. From there, Anton took up various prestigious positions around the world including Sydney’s Tetsuya’s and working as an inflight Chef in the Middle East. More recently, Anton has been back home as Head Chef of iconic restaurant Kermadec and working with Bidvest, where he delved into the world of supply & distribution that brought him to My Food Bag.
TRISH TERIYAKI WHITWELL
HEAD OF MARKETING
Trish loves marketing great Kiwi brands. Before My Food Bag she worked on a number of favourite NZ brands including Tip Top, Fresh ’n Fruity & TVNZ. She comes from a family of foodies who love nothing more than discussing what’s for dinner tomorrow night over dinner. Trish has 3 young kids so spends her weekends at playgrounds and birthday parties.
Luke Linguine Smith
Head of Digital Operations
Making the move from Christchurch to Auckland many years ago, Luke has a digital background which stretches across agency, publisher, and client roles, making him well versed in approaching challenges from numerous angles. A self-admitted digital nut, Luke loves communicating through digital to create meaningful consumer connections. While he enjoys a good meal, Luke isn’t the best in the kitchen, something him and especially his wife hope to change through My Food Bag.
RYLEIGH RICOTTA CORNES
HEAD OF CUSTOMER LOVE
Ryleigh worked in the Auto Industry for 11 years where she learned the fine art of service and then most recently with Lululemon. She is passionate about her family, entertaining and pairing a good wine. She loves yoga and the beach. Ryleigh gets her cooking skills from her mom, an avid cook. She grew up in Canada and moved to New Zealand for a boy (her husband) and two children who are both Caniwi’s (half Canadian half New Zealander).
JUSTIN CHICKPEA CARNABY
NATIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
Supply chain and logistics junky Justin has 10years experience in logistics most recently with NZpost Group. Justin has a fab wife who loves to cook and bake but his domain is on the good old kiwi BBQ where he is a dab hand - favourite cut of meat is an eye fillet medium rare. Being a southerner he can't wait to get out of Auckland and hit the wild rivers of NZ spending many long hours fly fishing.
Hannah Honeycomb Howard
Group Finance Manager
Hannah, a Chartered Accountant, came from out of professional services with Deloitte and joined My Food Bag in the early days. Hannah is passionate about translating financial information into meaningful insights for the team and supporting strategy execution. Hannah loves a variety of outdoor sports and you’ll often find her in out in the ocean. Finding healthy and delicious ways to fuel her body is incredibly important to Hannah and My Food Bag plays a big part in helping her do so.
Maja Mandarin Arlov
Maja, originally from Yugoslavia, immigrated to NZ in 1995. She very much calls New Zealand home, specifically Auckland’s North Shore. After Maja graduated with a Bachelor of Business from AUT she started her career in produce at Turners and Growers, specialising in importing fresh produce. Maja is such a big foodie that there are too many favourite foods to name.
Rebecca Macadamia Meade
Operations Manager Auckland
Rebecca is a keen baker! It runs in her blood, her great grandfather was a master baker in Scotland. Rebecca is involved in a charity organisation called Operation Sugar, where every year she bakes a cake for a seriously ill child on their birthday. She has worked in Supply Chain for the last decade and graduated last year with a Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.
Jeremy Jalapeño O’Dea
Operations Manager Wellington
Jeremy is our Operations Assistant based in Wellington. Having lived in the capital his whole life, he knows the windy city like the back of his hand. Jeremy has a background in the horticulture industry and joined the My Food Bag team after spending the past 15 years managing pip and stone fruit orchards. If he’s not busy managing our Wellington operations, he’ll be out in the wild, hunting or fishing.
Catherine Capsicum George
Team Leader Customer Experience
Catherine comes from a variety of customer care roles, most recently a bank. Catherine is passionate about delighting our foodies in their interactions with customer services. Catherine is currently eating her way through the Metro Top 50 Restaurants, a task she is thoroughly enjoying. Next year’s challenge is the Top 100 Cheap Eats. When Catherine is not eating out she’s cooking her My Gourmet Bag for herself and her husband.
Amy Avocado Vo
IT MANAGER & JUNIOR BUSINESS ANALYST
Amy has a strong passion to work with and help people. Being able to use this, whilst incorporating her love for food, Amy feels she has hit the jackpot with My Food Bag! Being half New Zealander and half Vietnamese, she loves exploring her native roots and learning about different cuisines. She especially enjoys trying new restaurants and experimenting with outlandish recipes. Amy has even tried crocodile, kangaroo and ostrich! She truly is an adventurous foodie!
Harriet Hazelnut Munro
After graduating from Otago University with a double major in Marketing and Consumer Food Science, Harriet nailed her ‘dream job’ with My Food Bag. Harriet looks after My Food Bag’s marketing and brand collateral including; recipe cards, customer communications, social media and the blog. Also arranging advertising and promotions, Harriet is passionate about getting the My Food Bag brand out there. In her spare time, you’ll find Harriet hitting a group fitness class at the gym or catching up with friends!
Matt Pepper Paul
Matt is one of our Marketing Executives, working closely with Harriet and the wider team to share the MFB love far and wide! With a passion for visual language and experience in a variety of marketing settings, Matt is all about attention to detail and making words spring to life! When it comes to food, his taste veers towards tasty American diner foods, although he likes to keep things balanced and loves fruit and veges for their ‘feelgood’ factor. In his down time, Matt keeps busy writing music in his home studio, and rounds out his creative streak by with new art and video projects on the go.
SARAH SNOWPEA PALMER
Sarah joins My Food Bag from a number of years in photography, including fine arts, fashion and more recently a successful career in advertising. It was here that her passions for food and photography fused! A long time vegetarian and foodie she loves trying new restaurants and cooking up a storm for friends. When not behind the lens Sarah can be found with her nose in a book, wandering galleries and listening to live music.
Robbie Rocket Hamilton-Johns
Robbie is a born and bred Aucklander, who spent a brief stint in Christchurch for school and university with some natural disasters thrown in there too. Robbie completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Auckland in 2014. He worked as a Junior Analyst for healthAlliance for a few months before joining My Food Bag. Robbie is an avid reader and loves to spend his time watching movies and TV shows.
ALICE APRICOT LEGGETT
Alice studied Human Nutrition at Massey University and has always had a passion for food. She left university not being sure which direction to go in so started working with a food importer. Although she was surrounded by beautiful European cheeses daily, her passion for food and health has meant that My Food Bag has always been her dream company to work for!
Sophie Brioche Best
Sophie is our lovely Marketing Executives with a passion for food! Sophie's My Food Bag of choice is the Classic Food Bag, she loves being able to share this with her flatmates who enjoy cooking together. Sophie completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University in Marketing and Management. In her own time Sophie volunteers for a children's charity. She previously worked as a Marketing Executive for a health company. Sophie loves travel, and discovering new cuisine in both her home town, Auckland, and abroad!
CHARLOTTE SASHIMI STIRRAT
Charlotte is a recent University of Otago graduate who recently earnt a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Consumer Food Science and Marketing. She has a passion for all things food, especially trying out new cafes and restaurants. Charlotte loves going to the French market in the weekends, you might even find her taking her dog Hugo there. When not responding to emails and chatting with customers, she helps manage our bustling office.
Emma Edamame Wylie
Hailing from Mid Canterbury, Emma moved to Auckland to study Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Auckland. Emma comes from a work background in fashion, is a keen runner, loves a great beach day and a good long black. Japanese would be Emma's favourite cuisine, hence the foodie name!
KAYNE KIWIFRUIT BELL
Originally from the Far North town of Kaitaia, he grew up on the Bells mandarin farm watching his dad grow all sorts of vegetables and fruit. He has recently graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Event Management and is now taking on full time work! He’s now learning to grow his own personal cooking skills using locally sourced goods from his dad.
ARIANNE ALMOND ZILBERBERG
Arianne was brought up in a restaurant as the daughter of a Chef, so yummy food is an integral part of daily life. Life comes down to the perfect bite! Coming from a background of theatre and film Arianne loves bringing the pizzazz and flare to the My Food Bag team and foodie experience.
Michaela Mango Egbers
Michaela is a fit foodie and is currently training to run a marathon for the Cancer Society! Her love for backpacking has recently taken her to South East Asia where she fell in love with Asian style dishes; however this new favourite did not replace her guilty pleasure for all things sweet! Michaela is nearing the end of her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Auckland University where after, she hopes to continue to pursue her adoration travel...and food!
BELLA BANANA PIPER-JARRETT
CUSTOMER LOVE TEAM LEADER
Bella is a go-getter! Bella’s sense of adventure has taken to her abroad many a time, her favourite place being Hawaii! Bella loves the sun and surf that accompanies summer as well as the seasonal foodie delights that come along with it. Her priorities currently lie in her Master’s degree; she is well on track to become a dietitian. With this knowledge in hand she is the perfect accompaniment to our wonderful customer services team, she can answer any of your foodie questions, no problem!
Olivia Orzo Griffiths
Olivia is a born and bred Wellingtonian who has recently moved to Auckland to finish her Law degree at the University of Auckland. Olivia is consumed by wanderlust and cooking; two things she loves to do when she doesn’t have her head in a book! Olivia’s My Food Bag of choice is the Gourmet Food Bag, she loves treating herself and her friends to the Gourmet goodness.
GABRIELLA GRAPEFRUIT YARRELL
Gabriella has grown up all around New Zealand and has recently settled down in Auckland to study communications. She enjoys many flavours of the world, including Mexican, Asian fusion, and Italian! Gabriella is always keen on trying new cafes and restaurants around Auckland in her spare time and stares towards eating organic and free range wherever possible. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and exploring all New Zealand has to offer.
Carmel Cashew Trubuhovich
Carmel moved to Auckland seven years ago from Queenstown where she worked at AJ Hackett Bungy. Having decided she'd had enough of throwing people off bridges, she changed career paths and completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and Physiology at Massey University. Being a passionate foodie, Carmel loves hitting the great cafes around the city with her husband and one year old son. She loves her Gourmet Food Bag and is currently teaching her husband how to cook with it!
GEMMA GINSENG ISON
A thrice-removed Brit who's lived in 7 different countries, Gemma's experience spans many different roles, from graphic designer to tree planter, windsurfing instructor and even contributing to an Oscar winning movie. She's finally found a home in New Zealand and can't believe she's hit the jackpot between helping and delighting our Foodies and sharing a passion for all things delicious. Gemma spends her time being creative, where her hands can't keep up with her ideas and has lately focused on amigurumi.
GEORGIA GNOCCHI CROAD
Georgia has a huge love for health and fitness. Delicious and nutritious food plays a big part in this equation! The kitchen is the hub of her home and it's where all the action is! Family life with her two boys is at the top of her priority list; as is the passion for cooking scrummy meals. My Food Bag has encouraged Harrison & Charlie to get involved, they love being creative in the kitchen which makes dinner time so much fun! Having owned her own business for 10+ years, Georgia now combines her creative background (graphic design, fine art & photography) with her love for people and food.
Polly Pomegranate Brodie
Senior recipe developer & development kitchen chef
Polly has recently returned to New Zealand from touring the world for the past 5 years, working and living on super yachts. She started as a stewardess, and then became a crew chef. Polly loves being back in NZ, making the most of the outdoors, the beach, the snow, camping… anything outside really! Polly is passionate about cooking and food which lead to her study nutrition and dietetics through the University of Otago. She loves the idea of getting people to cook at home with their friends and family.
MICHAEL Gremolata Greig
Recipe Developer & development Kitchen Chef
Originally hailing from Zimbabwe, Mike and his family immigrated to NZ when he was 10 years old. Mike’s passion for cooking started early on when he began working part time in a restaurant during high school. Following high school he studied chefing at Auckland University of Technology. Since then Mike has worked in several Auckland top 50 restaurants, most recently sous chef at Hotel Debrett.
Gemma Mint McTavish
Recipe Developer & development Kitchen Chef
Originally from Hawkes bay Gemma developed a love of food and appreciation for fresh local produce at an early age. She loves to travel experiencing new cultures and their cuisines and can spend hours roaming the local food markets. She spent 10 years overseas in a variety of chef roles including restaurant service, event catering and as a personal chef. Her favourite role was 4 years working as a superyacht chef throughout the Mediterranean and America. Gemma is excited to be home closer to friends and family and can’t wait to explore more of New Zealand.
Kay Guacamole Glendining
Drawing on her Italian roots, Kay is a massive foodie and can frequently be found in the kitchen cooking for her four hungry sons! She is loved by our customers for her bubbly personality, and has even starred in the My Food Bag TV commercial. Kay has been with us from the start and loves chatting up a storm on the phone or promoting us around town.
DANIELLE DAIKON PEARSON
RECIPE DEVELOPER AND NUTRITIONIST
Born in London, Danielle moved to Christchurch when she was 5 years old. Danielle studied and worked as a personal trainer before deciding she wanted to work more with food and nutrition. To follow this dream she moved to Auckland to study towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition. As a (rather large!) reward to herself, Danielle then did a 4 month foodie OE, eating her way around Europe. In her spare time you’ll find Danielle keeping active, café hopping (you can’t beat a NZ coffee and brunch!), heading to the markets, enjoying the outdoors, travelling, and of course cooking.
Nikki Juniper Jost
Junior Recipe Developer & Development Kitchen Chef
Nikki is obsessed with all things food. From working in top Sydney café, Porch & Parlour, to having her own corporate, lunch-time delivery business called Tuckshop & Co., Nikki is a true foodie. She recently moved home to Auckland from Sydney to be closer to my family and loved ones.
MELANIE MELON PARK
NUTRITIONIST AND JUNIOR RECIPE DEVELOPER
Melanie trained as a chef in Tauranga and has worked in the industry for twelve years in both New Zealand and Australia. Melanie has always had a passion for nutrition so she moved to Dunedin to study Human Nutrition. She has since completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Nutrition and a minor in Food Service Management. She has recently completed a Master’s in Dietetics at Otago University and join’s the team as our latest registered Dietitian.
LANA LEMON EADE
SENIOR TEST CHEF
After years working in various medical administrative positions, Lana decided to put her food fixation to good use and retrained as a chef with a Culinary Diploma at Auckland University of Technology. After working in several restaurants and catering companies in Auckland, she found her way to My Food Bag after meeting Nadia at Taste of Auckland.
AARRON AZUKI HARLAND
Aarron worked as a Chef for 14 years before joining My Food Bag. He speaks Japanese and works as a comic artist-illustrator in his free time. Aarron is an absolute foodie who loves trying out new recipes created from literary works. He’s also starting to explore food photography.
REBECCA RASPBERRY JOHNSTON
DEVELOPMENT KITCHEN ADMINISTRATOR & RECIPE CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca grew up on a farm in North East England and had a passion for food from an early age. After graduating from Nottingham University, she jumped on a plane to New Zealand and has never looked back. She loves supporting kiwi companies and was previously a Recipe Writer for a New Zealand food magazine and Retail Manager for a New Zealand handcrafted bread company. She's also a qualified Primary School Teacher, a qualified chef, gluten free aficionado and loves to entertain at home - a seriously versatile foodie!
JULIET GRAPE GREER
Juliet has recently switched from a professional accounting background to in house accounting and is excited to become involved with a fast growing foodie business. Juliet loves travelling, baking and catching up with friends and family over a delicious meal.
NIKI NECTARINE DYKES
Niki moved back to Auckland last year after spending 5 years working in London and travelling around Europe and America. Niki, being a passionate foodie, loved discovering new cuisines during her travels and believes the best part about exploring new places is the local street food! Now she’s back home, Niki still can’t shake the travel bug and spends her weekends exploring New Zealand, visiting local food markets and enjoying the great coffee and sunshine!
ANH ANISEED DO
After 5 years of working in the vehicle leasing industry, Anh decided her love for food comes first. My Food Bag is Anh’s perfect solution to professional development and nurturing her inner foodie. Anh spends a lot of spare time eating her way through Auckland. Her ultimate obsession is finding the perfect fresh pasta (outside of Italy).
Jonathan Sirloin Sutton
Operations Planning Analyst
Jonathan was initially hired as a delivery driver for My Food Bag, but he quickly moved on to work part time as Operations Assistant in our Auckland distribution centre. When he’s not being our in-house FBI agent (Food Bag Inspector) checking quality and organising our produce and other ingredients, Jonathan is studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Science and Geology at the University of Auckland.
David Dumpling Nokes
Born and bred in the UK, David immigrated to New Zealand with his wife and two daughters in 2000. Before joining the My Food Bag family, David worked in the health care sector as an ambulance officer and advanced paramedic for 26 years. David’s original position was as a delivery driver in the Wellington area. He’s now progressed to an operational support position working with Jeremy in Otaki. David’s taste in food without a doubt is traditional English grub accompanied by a New Zealand beer.
Daylin Dill Alvares
Daylin comes from a foodie family of five, so is naturally passionate about food! His favourite cuisine is Italian with Thai being a close runner-up. When not helping to organise the My Food Bag goodness, he’s studying engineering and finance at the University of Auckland. Daylin also loves music; he plays the guitar and sings!
Ben Butterbean Dryden
Ben is a born and bred Aucklander who also happens to be a keen Warriors fan. He has a Master of Science in cognitive neuroscience. His favourite cuisines are Mexican and Ethiopian!
Kristy Cranberry Cremer
Social Media Assistant
Kristy is an Auckland native who is currently studying Food Technology. Kristy helps manage our social media after hours and loves engaging with our fantastic customers. She is a true foodie who loves baking and experimenting with all cuisines. In her spare time, you’ll find Kristy keeping active by swimming laps at the pool.