Kemi Nekvapil is a life-coach and speaker who has worked in the wellness industry for more than 20 years. A pioneer of raw food in Australia, and the author of Raw Beauty, Kemi runs coaching programs, events and retreats that transform the lives of women. We were lucky enough to sit down with Kemi and talk about all things food.
1. What food can you not live without? To be honest there are many foods I can not live without, banana’s and greens are at the top of the list.
2. Favourite food joint? That is such a hard question to ask a Melbournian, we are spoilt for choice. Hellenic Republic has a wonderful menu for vegetarians and vegans, so it is a great place where many people can eat; the food is of the highest quality. Also I have had my birthday at Pope Joan for the last 3 years, I admire Matt Wilkinson’s creativity with food.
3. Your go-to breakfast? Homemade vegan smoothie, bircher muesli or coconut quinoa porridge.
4. First thing you do when you wake in the morning? I have my hour of power; 20mins of journaling, 20 minutes of yoga and 20 mins of meditation.
5. Fill in the blank. I put _____________ on/with all my food. Cinnamon
6. It's date night. Your perfect restaurant would be? Chin Chin or Rumi
7. You have a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world. You must be guided by your stomach. Where would you go and why? I love this question! It would have to be somewhere with lots of rice. I worked in Thailand as a chef so have a huge soft spot for the cuisine. I think Thailand would be my answer.
8. The word Wholefood to you means.... I think I will steal Michael Pollens definition- Do not eat anything your great grandmother would not recognise as food. I am not sure if my great grandmother knew about ice-cream and I am pretty sure ice-cream is a wholefood?
9. Your favourite food memory is of... I have food memories everyday, food is such a huge part of my life enjoyment. I do remember being on a yoga retreat in Turkey many yeas ago and I was getting tired of the ‘tourist’ food we were being served, so I created a group called ‘the food-seekers’ and we went to a small rustic night café. I asked the chef to cook for us exactly what he had eaten that night; this turned into a five hour ‘food-seeker’ extravaganza of culture, connection and laughter.
10. Three health goals for this year? More massage, more gardening, more water.
11. Sweet or Savoury? SWEET
12. You are known for your ________________ recipe? Sweet Potato Macadamina Prune Recipe
13. Fill in the blank. I may be full but if you put ________________ in front of me I will eat it any day. Quality ice-cream
14. Favourite food quote? People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia Child