In a Ukrainian household food and family go hand in hand, be it every day family meals, weekend get togethers or more festive feast times like Easter and Christmas…you’ll never go hungry as there is always a table overladen with food.
Both Sonja’s parents are of Ukrainian heritage arriving in Australia as children post WW2. Her familial roots instilled a love of food very early and she started cooking as a little girl in the kitchen with her baba. She remembers always wanting to get a chance to stir the wooden spoon or get her hands into the bowl to mix the varenyky dough. It wasn’t long before she began cooking family dinners in her first year of high school continually trying new dishes on her family and filling the house with cookbooks!
So, its no wonder Sonja ended up in the kitchen professionally with over 20 years experience in food industry, food media and consumer appliances, working as Culinary Specialist for food companies like Cerebos and Campbell Arnott’s and as a recipe writer, recipe editor and food photography chef for magazines and cookbooks including New Idea, Super Food Ideas, SBS Feast, Australian Good Taste magazine (now taste.com.au) , Recipes+, Australian Womens Weekly cookbooks and Murdoch Books. As well as being Global Food Specialist for Breville testing appliances and writing recipes for their booklets and website. Sonja is now Innovation Chef ANZ at Unilever where she creates new food products, instills a culture and passion for food in the company and developing simply inspirational recipes using
Unilever products as well as in her spare time writing on her food blog or posting her dinner creations and dining decisions on Instagram.
Post arriving in Australia Luda’s mother eventually raised her 4 daughters and so Luda learnt early to cook traditional Ukrainian fare with her mother and sisters. Eventually having a family of her own, and working full time as a creative arts teacher, her creative passion for food took a little of a back seat. Though since retiring Luda has loved getting back in the kitchen and sharing her Ukrainian familial recipes with her daughters and her grandchildren as well as learning new dishes from Sonja’s foodie insights.