Janti: When I became a mom, cooking became part of parenting. I wanted to nourish my children with delicious and nutritious food, and to also give my kids an experience - similar to that of my childhood, spending quality time cooking with my father and getting together around food. I’m glad that this has now become a family tradition that I can enjoy with my father as well as my children.
Seriously Keto started out as a home-based passion project in Jakarta where I was cooking mainly for myself as well as a few friends and family. I had just started the keto diet, and realized there were no options available for me when it came to confectionery products, so I decided to use my culinary knowledge to make my own. From there, I saw that there was an opportunity to help my community and (eventually) the world, since I believe sugar is the root cause for many diseases (diabetes and cancer to name a few). The idea of having the power to make a difference in someone’s life is the real driver for why I wanted to pursue this line of work.
Ili: My goal has not changed since I won Food Hero Asia in 2015 which is to preserve Malaysian legacy through food. I believe I have since encouraged many Malaysians to start cooking which is a great achievement but I still have a lot more to do to ensure that Malaysian food as a whole (not just our nasi lemak and rendang but our more traditional dishes like gulai, ummai, and laksas) is represented to the world. Still so much to do and so much more to cook and document!
Sarah: Having fallen in love with storytelling, I have so many creative projects that I want to pursue. Most of all, my most long-held goal is to write and produce a cookbook that doesn’t just contain recipes, but stories about people, culture and history. I’m still working on this, because I want to get it right!
I’m motivated to pursue all my projects because I realize that food is something that we all need, that we all indulge in, but we could afford to learn so much more about it. I’ve been really lucky to find this platform, so I want to use it to help people increase their understanding of food and the way it affects our world. That’s my motivation!
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