Kasia Jamieson (Bikini Chef) - February 2021
Chef Instagram Bikini
Chef Facebook Bikini
Body and Spirit
Pavilion. Coogee, Sydney, Australia
What's your main mission and
eliminate eating disorders and stop people from dieting.
Instead, I focus on intuitive eating, whole foods
overall well-being including physical and mental health!
How, when and why did you become
the Bikini Chef?
are a few layers to it.
as Bikini is my favourite clothing garment, I love
nature, and Im an ocean/beach addict.
Digging deeper, I suffered from an eating disorder,
I called it an intermittent bulimia. Wearing a bikini
and looking fit doesnt always mean you have
related issues. Im trying to get a message across
that its not always as it seems!
Finally, I used to be extremely shy, probably up to
the age of 17 or so. Wearing a bikini on camera is
a way of showing that you can change, gain confidence
and simply be Yourself!
Tell us more about the massive
challenges you overcome including the eating disorder
that formed part of your pathway in becoming the Bikini
Chef, while maintaining your love of food?
believe its an ongoing process, even now! I
could compare it to suffering from alcohol addiction...
the only thing is that you cant say Im
not going to eat any more, instead Ive worked
on the relationship I have with food. I faced a number
of challenges.. Including divorce, bad break ups,
numerous countless desperate relationships including
one where my ex struggled with mental health issues..
That forced me to dig deep in my own childhood traumas.
I seeked professional advice. I realised it wasnt
only my father issues, he was a person who never seemed
to care even tho living under the same roof, but also
my loving yet perfectionist and very demanding mum
who antagonize my dad! Probably one of the biggest
challenges to date, yet it made me truly resilient.
I talked to people, friends and complete strangers,
read a lot listened to podcasts, all continues till
now. Ive moved countries I lived in the US,
the UK, the Philippines.
health mind, healthy body?
one theres no other.
When you are healthy physically you and happy in your
own skin you feel good mentally. When your mind is
well it also shows on the outside. You radiate! You
feel good you look good. Lack of confidence due to
issues shows, when you physically and mentally healthy
you simply glow exude positive energy...??
peanut cookies are delicious ... explain how you learned
to cook so well?
Glad you liked them! Only 4 ingredients!
must be my mum. Always cooked at home. She made us
breakfast packed lunch to school and dinner every
day, every single day. I remember I didnt eat
out once until I was in high school. I think the first
time my mum and I ate out was when I already lived
in England.... home made simple food! My mum was an
organising wizard, she always has things prepared
the night before the morning before to cope with handling
with growing teenage girls, mostly by herself. I see
anyone who can read, or watch videos can most certainly
cook. Its good to start with some recipes, work
with your favourite whole food ingredients and get
creative once you know the basics.
Have you also been a chef on
a commercial basis, and if not, would you ever consider?
not yet but I had a trial in the local cafe to be
a kitchen hand to begin with. Lets see, never
say never. Its so much different than cooking
for 2 or 4 friends. Fascinating!
You like to eat out in and around
Sydneys Eastern Beaches... do you often get
spotted, and do you know if other chefs, cafes or
wait staff ever feel extra pressure when they notice
you are diving there, as recently happened at Barzura
at Coogee Beach?
No not really I do like eating out but prefer simple
places nothing fancy and definitely no pressure Im
very understanding. I only seem to pressure some of
my friends when I get invited for dinner. I have no
idea why, I always appreciate simply someone making
an effort and inviting me to their home and sharing
food. Im not a fussy eater at all. I understand
that I used to be the same and was quite insecure
about my cooking skills. Thats why I started
organising dinner parties to get over that mindset.
Exposure therapy Ha!
How is the new camera and tripod
like device, the Gimble going for you, and what are
projects are you mainly using it for?
are awesome! I love testing out new gear. I learned
about the gimbal from my best friend and I was truly
impressed. So small compact and makes a huge difference
to video stability, also follows you so you can do
shooting by yourself. Im a one woman show so
it definitely comes in handy. I use all my toys for
shooting recipe videos and pictures, and also daily
stories! Photography is my passion and also use it
for collecting personal memories.
Name your top 3 cafes and restaurants
in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs?
& Marlis hidden Coogee ?? !
San Antonio Bakery
Cant go wrong with Coogee Pavilion pizza or
a Fishbowl on a lazy weekday night
Bangkok Bites at Bondi for Thai
You still have your great accent
from Poland in Europe...how did you come to live in
I love my accent, I used to try to get rid of it and
was told I would never teach English as a result.
I moved to Sydney from England I was there for six
years prior to that I lived in the US for eight months.
Thats when I fell in love with the ocean. In
South Carolina. I lived in Cambridge in England, which
has buckets of charm, but I was just drawn to the
ocean and the sun, hence the decision to move down
under ha ha hah it was love at first sight! ??
Whats your motto?
your star sign?
Other than cooking, whats
another great love of yours?
volley and fitness. Im a long-standing member
of Coogee Beach Volleyball Association. I love dancing
photography, design whether its interior or
graphic or clothing and jewelry. Im also fascinated
by psychology. Oh Im a secret nerd love science,
hence my nutrition studies. Also I enjoy learning
languages, talking to people, digging deep sometimes
from the get go. Property and renovations... Variety
or my nonsense ??
Whats been your experience
with social media and websites been like relating
to the food, hospitality and food news and broadcasting
isnt as easy as it seems, its surely fun
but like with any relationship things need to go both
ways. Sometimes it feels like you put so much effort
but not getting much in return. But its an amazing
learning curve, not only am I learning about social
media, the Internet, keywords, marketing strategies
advertising but also a lot about myself hopefully
inspiring others to be true to themselves. The world
of media has always been interesting, I dont
know much but my dream job would be to have my own
cooking show on TV! Id love to show people eating
delicious nutritious food can be very simple and effortless!
or what inspires you?
get inspired by people who are authentic, vulnerable,
intelligent and kind ahhh fuuuun.
What do you love at the Coastal
Walkway through the Eastern Beaches of Sydney?
Ivor Rowe pool, Wylies for coffee, thou not in Covid,
Gordon's Bay, South Coogee stairs for sprints &
views. Maroubra to Malabar walk, and my secret spot...
Browns Rock around La Perouse! Every week I go for
a run alternating between Bondi and Maroubra, never
your definition of success?
question. Success is a journey its not a destination...
its being aligned with your true self which
means doing things you love, being surrounded by people
who inspire, support you. Its being honest with
yourself and others coming from kindness and care.
Success is helping people, seeing them transform and
listening to their stories, people relating to you
then opening up, being brave! Success is being persistent,
failing and trying again, learning from it. Success
is being kind when you dont feel like it, overcoming
your own or societal limitations. Its asking
for help when its hard. I believe life is the
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