Coles ambassador Michael Weldon remembers how his mum nurtured his early passion for cooking – now he is nurturing hers.
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"By the time I was 15 she had me cooking dinner a couple of times a week"
“My mum, Genevieve, is my hero and has been the most influential person in my life. She is an excellent cook but when we were growing up it wasn’t her favourite thing.
“When I started showing a passion for cooking mum was pretty happy. She embraced it and nurtured it and by the time I was 15 she had me cooking dinner a couple of times a week. Mum loved that she didn’t have to cook and I loved that I could avoid doing homework so it was win-win!
“Mum would buy me whatever weird and wonderful ingredient I could think of cooking with. I’m not sure how many 15-year-olds ask their mums to come home with a duck for dinner or a chef’s knife for their birthday. But mum was always supportive.
“Over the past few years mum has discovered her own passion for cooking. She sends me photos of what she’s cooking or asks for advice on new dishes. It’s an amazing part of our relationship. Over the last Christmas holidays mum asked me to teach her to make sourdough from scratch, so we spent a day baking. Now she is baking a loaf of bread a week. “I might be 30 years older but there is still something very special about a day in the kitchen baking with mum.”