SIS­TERS IN­SPIRED BY TRIP TO AUS­TRALIA

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When Jas­mine Hem­s­ley, a for­mer model, turned 30 seven years ago, the Bri­tish-born beauty de­cided to take a on­cein-life­time trip to Aus­tralia with her boyfriend, Nick.

And it wasn’t long un­til her younger sis­ter Melissa fol­lowed.

Hav­ing both grown up with a Filipino mother who preached that food was the ba­sis of good health the pair were al­ready pas­sion­ate about eat­ing well.

But it was Aus­tralia that saw that pas­sion turn into an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer.

“We got mas­sively in­spired,” Jas­mine says. “We loved be­ing able to go out and eat great food but not in an over­priced set­ting.

“In the UK all you got was fast food or posh food.”

“And in Aus­tralia peo­ple were writ­ing things on their menu like ‘grass-fed beef’ — I’d never seen that in Lon­don be­fore,” Melissa adds.

The pair would fan­ta­sise about open­ing a cafe, toss­ing up names that would be on the door of their own eatery.

On their re­turn to the UK, the sis­ters used that in­spi­ra­tion to start a food blog, which saw vogue.co.uk sign them to pro­vide weekly recipes.

Cook­books and a self-ti­tled vegetable spi­ral­izer line fol­lowed and now the duo have un­veiled a TV se­ries.

Hem­s­ley+Hem­s­ley: Healthy & De­li­cious had its world pre­miere in Aus­tralia, which the sis­ters found fit­ting, given their start in the food in­dus­try.

“Ul­ti­mately, what (the show) comes down to is that it’s de­li­cious food that nour­ishes you and it’s easy to do,” Melissa says. “It’s what it says in the tin — it’s joy­ous and it’s so far from a diet.”

Next up, they’re fi­nally open­ing their dream cafe in Lon­don’s exclusive depart­ment store, Sel­fridges.

“When we got back to Lon­don we’d kind of for­got­ten about open­ing a cafe so that’s why it’s such a nice story that we’re fi­nally get­ting to open it,” Jas­mine says. “Be­ing in Aus­tralia was a re­ally fun time in our lives.”

HEM­S­LEY+HEM­S­LEY, LIFE­STYLE FOOD, MON­DAY, 8.30PM

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