Who is Rachel?

RJ&ZRachel Blackmore describes herself as a gourmet home cook with a passion for food and cooking that sometimes seems all consuming. She is passionate about using fresh, seasonal food and as much as possible supports local growers and producers.

Rachel grew up in Hawke’s Bay and after studying Home Science at the University of Otago returned to Hawke’s Bay where she worked first as the Domestic Administrator at one of the local boarding schools before taking on the management of one of the first specialty shops selling microwaves.

In the mid-80s Rachel met John and together they moved to Sydney where they worked and lived for the next 20 years. Rachel’s career in Sydney continued to focus around food and her various jobs have included teaching microwave cooking, editing cookbooks and
setting up and managing a food website.

In 2003 Rachel and John decided that it was time for a sea change and that Hawke’s Bay with its strong food and wine activity was the place for them. In mid 2004 they returned to Hawke’s Bay and
established a small visitor accommodation business – Driftwood

Since returning to Hawke’s Bay Rachel as worked for Chantel Foods in Napier as their Assistant Manager and Food Specialist and for the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market as Market Manager. She now runs
RB Food Solutions where she uses her skills to assist food businesses.

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13 thoughts on “Who is Rachel?”

  1. I tried your pumpkin / tomato/ chicken thigh recipe this evening. It was a hit. I’m always looking for savory ways to use pumpkin. I’m in upstate New York and have been trying to keep the few pumpkins I have left as long as possible.


  2. Hi Rachel

    I didn’t realise you worked at C hantal’s that’s my favourite shop in the whole of H.B.
    Im hoping to try some of your recipies this week.
    See you Saturday


  3. Love the recipes you have put up so far! I’m going to try them soon, maybe even the Indian eggs for Sunday brunch tomorrow.

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