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Meet the team

Whether you’re new to the kitchen or have plenty of cooking experience, this website with hundreds of Food in a Minute recipes will help you to create meals that will make the perfect weekday dinner or ‘wow’ your friends and family on special occasions.

All of our delicious recipes are perfect for the whole family and triple-tested by Di Swann and the team in the Wattie’s test kitchen – so, rest assured, our recipes work. That aside, I urge you to adapt them to your tastes, and if you come up with something truly spectacular, do share!

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Lana Garland – Presenter for Food in a Minute

Lana (Te Atiawa, Ngati Rahiri) was raised on her parents’ dairy farm in Whitianga on the Coromandel. Today she lives in West Auckland with her two children.

Lana is proud to call herself a cook, rather than a chef. She has, however, immensely enjoyed cooking ever since she can remember, and has worked with and learnt from some very talented food experts.

Growing up, Lana’s cooking was influenced, in particular, by three women – her Mum, who let her cook whatever she liked (as long as she cleaned up); her Grandma – a wonderful cook herself – who taught her that everything can be delicious when cooked with love and attention; and her Aunty Gabrielle, who introduced Lana to Edam cheese and ratatouille, amongst many other delicious and delightful flavours.

The other love of Lana’s life is performing and she has enjoyed a variety of work as an actress. Never have her two loves worked more harmoniously together than on Food in a Minute. As food brings her such pleasure, she relishes her part in bringing inspiring everyday meal ideas to you.

Thanks to Kokomo Haircutters we are loving Lana’s new hairdo!

Di Swann

Di Swann - Food Editor Food in a Minute

Di has had a long involvement with the food industry, having graduated with a Home Science Diploma some 30 years ago.

She has been with Food in a Minute since its inception. Three years ago, Di left Wattie's to embark on a culinary adventure.

Most of her time was spent studying in the UK, where she earned her Cordon Bleu Diploma, then cooking and finally teaching for 18 months at a private cooking school in Yorkshire.

On her return home, Food in a Minute was delighted to welcome her back. Di’s cooking skills, recipes and personality warm the hearts of all those involved with the show and she is excited to share her passion for food with others.

Di develops and tests recipes as well as having a hand in the overall running of Food in a Minute. Her recipes are easy, tasty and something even the fussiest eaters will enjoy.

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Julie North - Nutritionist Food in a Minute

Julie is a NZ Registered Dietitian and has been involved with Food in a Minute for many years. She has really enjoyed seeing consumer interest in healthy eating grow, becoming a part of every day life for so many people.

At the office Julie keeps a check on the recipes and developed the Healthy Pick programme to help Food in a Minute users search specifically for great tasting recipes that meet certain nutrient criteria. At home, Julie is a big fan of all our recipes, using them to put quick and tasty family meals on the table for her two very busy growing boys.

“When you eat well, you feel good. And if you feel good, you can find the energy for lots of fun!"