Jackie Cameron

Who is Jackie Cameron?

Jackie Cameron is the owner, lecture, chef and principle of Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine.  A cookbook author of “Jackie Cameron Cooks at Home” and “Baking with Jackie Cameron” and a designer of female chef jackets.

But who I am actually…

I see the best in everyone.  I want the best for everyone.  I often see more potential in a person than they have ever considered.  I try my utmost to understand every person and manage every person differently depending on their upbringing.  I love being around people who work hard and succeed, or at least give it a try.  I’m fuelled by positivity. What gets me up in the morning is my staff and students and seeing their growth , development and understanding growing.

I love my friends and family dearly and would do absolutely any and everything for them.  Time off is with them.

I live by “hard on rules but fair on people.”  Treating others as I want to be treated is very important to me so I am continuously reflecting on the past.

I love quality – I love consistency with improvements.

My job is my lifestyle.

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What is your best childhood memory?

Always around the kitchen or dining room table-speaking or cooking food with friends and family.  Everything always happened around the kitchen or dining room table.

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

There would not be anything I would change. I am content in my journey so far, a journey that has only (in my eyes) just began.  There is still so much to achieve.

What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of my first intake, my students and all that they have achieved… they really did a fabulous job in making me look great ; )

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If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?

My phone. My phone puts me in touch with friends and family when my hours are long, it allows me to feel semi-normal and included even if time doesn’t allow for me to leave the “kitchen.”  This one possessions serves so many purposes hence makes sense to me

A permanently ; ) sharp knife. One only really needs one knife – this will serve many jobs going forward.

Then I would have to say my passport. I do enjoy travel, discovery and adventures together with experiencing new and exciting taste combinations

What do you want your tombstone to say?

She made a difference in many people’s lives

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What is the Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine? 

The Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine is a fully internationally recognised cheffing course for both food and wine,  that offers 100% employment after the course (there is that much of a demand for my students), that produces respected chefs a cut above the rest. This is more of a mentoring course than anything.

Your journey with food begins here.

What’s your favorite kind of coffee?

Just like with food and dishes, this really depends on my mood.

I jump from espressos, lattes to Americanos… Cappuccino are normally a little too rich for me.

Always Terbodore Coffee, I am huge on supporting local.  I always say I don’t support local for the sake of supporting local I support because they truly are fabulous.  What makes Terbodore even more special is that the owners, Mark and Marian,  are such wonderful people who are extremely supportive to me and my school.  My school is all about hand-ons and doing it yourself and learning through this process.  So my students, pretty much so, have bottomless TERBODORE coffee ONLY IF I can see they are honing in their coffee making skills and trying something new or creative.  They mustn’t just be making a quick-cuppa.  They also need to always clean down the machine after use.

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In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

Coffee shops, I would love to have time available to meet up with friends at coffee shops.  This does unfortunately not happen.  Because of my world-class equipment that I have at my school I do find if friends and family are wanting to see me they pop into the school, the school outlet, and we enjoy this together-while I’m multi-tasking.  With my school being a very new business it is often difficult for me to step away.

What does a perfect day look like?

Every day at the moment is so different, from one day to the next.  One day I am in lectures with my students, the next we are doing an event which can take many different forms, the next I can be Researching-I love everything about what I do-from the paper work to creating dishes.  So I would probably have to say if my day ended with a glass of bubbles it would be a top-class day but every day to me is perfect in my own space having my own business.  This is hard, this is seriously hard but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Photography by Peter Wickham

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