Lulu the Baby Chef
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Where the Wild Things Are
Join author Katrina Meynink and illustrator Heather Hawkins for the launch of their book Lulu Le Baby Chef: A Most Magnificent Cook. There will also be drawing, colouring, and other crafts all around the theme of food!
About Lulu Le Baby Chef: A Most Magnificent Cook:
Lulu is born no ordinary child. She makes soufflés before she can talk and naturally leavened sourdoughs before she can walk. But despite her skills in the kitchen, Lulu finds that the ‘perfect’ dish continues to elude her. So she packs her bags and travels the world, cooking at Le Cordon Bleu and winning Junior Masterchef. But despite roaming, experiencing, and cooking across the globe, Lulu cannot find what is missing. Perhaps she will never create the perfect dish.
Lulu Le Baby Chef is a heart-warming tale that engages the current zeitgeist for all things culinary. It is a picture book that will appeal to a broad audience, bridging the readership gap between There is a hippopotamus on my roof eating cake and Go the f%^k to sleep. While entertaining to read with gentle humour (where Lulu’s every cooking activity is thwarted by her search for a certain ‘umami’), it features satisfyingly simple rhyming text and an overarching message about the importance of love and family in making children feel happy, safe, and secure while encouraging them to chase what they love and dream.
About Katrina Meynink:
Katrina Meynink is a freelance food writer and recipe developer who lives and breathes all things food. She is particularly fond of butter, Persian fairy floss, and bacon. But her biggest love is cooking and sharing food with her family and friends.
Professionally, Katrina eats (a lot). And then writes about it for national and international press, drawing on her extensive tertiary and culinary training. She has two published cookbooks (Murdoch Books) under her apron, with a third due for release in 2018.
Lulu Le Baby Chef is her first children’s book and is due for release in November 2017. Motivated by the mutual love of food she shares with her daughters, Katrina wove her experience as a food writer, food lover and mum into this engaging and heart warming tale.
About Heather Hawkins:
Creating bespoke stationery for a friend's wedding led designer and illustrator Heather Hawkins to establish her business, Hawk Creative, in late 2010. Pregnant with her first child at the time, Heather took the opportunity to combine her love of watercolour painting with illustration and design – which quickly led to her establishing an enviable list of clients.
After a childhood spent in the idyllic Batemans Bay, Heather refined her natural aptitude for painting, illustration, and interest in the fashion industry with formalised studies spanning styling, business, and graphic design at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, FBI, and Shillington College.
Her wide breadth and depth of skills in creative industries was realised through a range of professional roles in fashion styling, talent management, and fashion wholesale, before making the move to her own consulting work.
Now juggling two young children from her home base of Brisbane, Heather divides her time between the river city and Sydney, creating bespoke stationery and illustrative pieces for private and business clients.
A testament to her beautiful work and finely-honed design aesthetic, Heather’s stellar list of premium clients has included Bollinger, Paspaley, Camilla, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Silver Committee, Collette Dinnigan, Willow, Spotify, and Cate Blanchett for the Sydney Theatre Company.
In addition to working with a raft of coveted brands, Hawk Creative undertakes custom work for private clients to create detailed suites of stationery items for weddings, birthdays, and other life milestones.