Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Alisa Puts Her Passion for Food out There; Every Saturday, Coast Foodie Rushes off at 5am to Share a Love of Cooking

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Alisa Puts Her Passion for Food out There; Every Saturday, Coast Foodie Rushes off at 5am to Share a Love of Cooking

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Byline: BECCI ASQUITH

ALISA Mayne-Dacy is so passionate about what she does, she is both happy and excited to get up before 5am every Saturday and go to work.

It may sound crazy but Alisa's early starts are not just about a job. They are the culmination of a dream that was eight years in the making.

They also represent an opportunity for Alisa to be creative and share her passion for food, which she has had since childhood and she says stems from her mother.

aI grew up cooking,a Alisa said.

aMum was always testing recipes on me.

aShe's so passionate about good food and now I am, too.a

Alisa's mum Cynthia has written several cookbooks and they have produced three together.

While Alisa tried other careers and enjoyed them, her heart was always in the kitchen.

While working in various countries, she often dreamt of having her own business providing good, healthy meals made with love.

She finally took the plunge and started Love My Food, with business partner Deby McLennan.

Love My Food provides healthy frozen home-cooked meals free from all additives, preservatives and trans fats, but Alisa says the most important thing is that they are all made in a happy kitchen.

The most important ingredients in everything she makes are love (hence the name of the company) and fresh, local produce.

aI have always passionately believed in local food,a Alisa said.

aAll my meals are made from local food. Not only does it taste better, it also helps the local community.a

She hopes that by the end of this month, all products in their frozen meal range will come from the Big Pineapple's Saturday markets, where she has a stall.

Even though she has to get up at 4.50am every Saturday after working all week, Alisa says she loves the revitalised markets.

aI'm so excited about the markets. …

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