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Where are they now? Lara Martin-Quinn

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Where are they now? Lara Martin-Quinn


Diploma alumna Lara graduated in 2013 and is now running her own street food stall in Melbourne!

Name: Lara Martin-Quinn

Year graduated: 2013

Current job title: Head Chef. Chris and I are doing it all on our own!

How would you describe your year on the diploma at Leiths in 3 words?

Amazing, hard, life changing

Where were you working before the diploma?

I was a private nanny, cooking for children!

What made you decide to start the diploma?

I wanted a career change, and to learn to cook with the correct techniques to produce restaurant quality food.


What were the highlights of your year at Leiths?

Gaining the knowledge to cook everything and anything and make it taste amazing.

What was your first job or work experience following the diploma?

I was a private chef for Lady Jasmine of Chatsworth

Where are you working now?

I have moved to Melbourne, Australia, with my partner and have set up a Street Food stall called ‘Twisted Mac’, making Gourmet Mac & Cheese with different toppings. I operate from a marquee and work at various markets all over Melbourne. Every week is different and exciting, as well as challenging, as I meet new people all the time and get Australians to fall in love with Mac & Cheese again!

The stall by night

How has the diploma helped you in your current role?

It’s given me the confidence to cook for the general public on a daily basis. Learning all the classic techniques and recipes has given the best foundation possible to ensure the food I produce is the best it can be.

How often do you use the skills you learnt at Leiths?

Every minute of every day, both at home cooking dinner, and on the stall making delicious Mac & Cheese for the discerning public.

What are your long term career goals?

To own and run a successful food truck (or three), selling mac & cheese. Oh, and publish a cookbook!

What are you cooking or eating for dinner tonight?

Slow cooked Chinese style beef ribs with a crunchy Chinese salad and coconut rice

Mac loves cheese

What key piece of advice would you offer to anyone thinking of studying at Leiths?

It’s harder than you will imagine, but will be the best year of your life, so throw yourself into it and enjoy every second.

What is your favourite restaurant to eat at?

The Ivy, simple classics done to perfection!

Ready for business!
Eliza Welsford

Author: Eliza Welsford


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