ME­DIA MUNCHIES Chelsea Win­ter

Many Masterchef con­tes­tants quickly fade from view. But, with a big so­cial fol­low­ing, the launch of a pop­u­lar cook­book and a gig as Woman’s Day’s food colum­nist, Chelsea Win­ter has cre­ated her own thriv­ing culi­nary em­pire. Here’s what she eats for me­dia l

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1 What me­dia do you wake up to?

My Face­book page. It’s been heav­ing with so many fan­tas­tic pho­tos of recipes from my lat­est book. It’s just amaz­ing and hum­bling to see. Peo­ple are so cool.

2 What TV shows are you watch­ing at the mo­ment? And how are you watch­ing them?

I must ad­mit I’m not usu­ally much of a TV watcher as I’m so busy. How­ever, re­cently, I dis­cov­ered Netflix and I’ve been giv­ing Down­ton Abbey a good go­ing over. That Matthew is a real dream­boat.

3 What mu­sic are you lis­ten­ing to at the mo­ment? And how are you lis­ten­ing to it?

I lis­ten to mu­sic all day long, whether I’m in the of­fice, car or kitchen. And I like to sing along loudly with reck­less aban­don. I be­lieve it’s good for the body and mind, a bit like med­i­tat­ing. I have a Spo­tify playlist called Home­made Hap­pi­ness, which is the ti­tle of my book. I’ve made it pub­lic and it has all the songs I lis­tened to when I was cre­at­ing the recipes.

4 What’s your favoured so­cial me­dia plat­form? Is it a bless­ing or a curse?

Face­book, and I def­i­nitely see it as a bless­ing. My page seems to be an anom­aly. The in­ter­net can be an ugly place, but even with nearly 260,000 fans, there’s vir­tu­ally no cy­ber bul­ly­ing or trolls or nas­ti­ness on my patch. Just a whole lot of New Zealan­ders who love food and a laugh. And we all know peo­ple who love food are the best kind of peo­ple. The feed­back that I get from my page is that peo­ple see what oth­ers have made and they feel in­spired. They feel that if ev­ery­one else is do­ing it, they’re brave enough to give it a crack too. It’s mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives in a way I could have never an­tic­i­pated.

5 Where do you get your news?

I find the news de­press­ing and/ or sen­sa­tion­al­ist a lot of the time. Some­times I’m so ab­sorbed with what I’m do­ing (like when I’m writ­ing a cook­book or on tour) I won’t read the news for days or even weeks. I hear it trickle in through the grapevine. I do en­joy the 6 o’clock news, though. And I read The Onion.

6 What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? And how are you read­ing it?

I just fin­ished I am Pil­grim, and next up is Girl on a Train. I pre­fer real books to ebooks. I love a book­shelf crammed with good weighty nov­els.

7 What’s your favourite mag­a­zine?

De­pends what I’m in the mood for. I’m game for any­thing if it’s ly­ing around.

8 What’s your favourite app?

What­sapp and Google Maps. I’ve also been build­ing a new house, so Houzz has been a go-to.

9 What’s your favourite ra­dio sta­tion and/or pod­cast?

If Spo­tify isn’t avail­able, I’ll just chan­nel surf to find sta­tions that play good mu­sic. Solid Gold FM and the like. Man, there is some re­ally bad mu­sic out there th­ese days. I’m turn­ing into a grumpy old man on the back porch here. Most of it sounds like a noisy racket to me. Thank­fully, we have awe­some home-grown tal­ent here in New Zealand.

10 What’s your guilty me­dia plea­sure?

Us­ing my phone too much. I have to make an ef­fort to put it down and leave it some­times.

11 What me­dia do you go to sleep with?

Just a good book. No screens be­fore bed­time is the rule I try and stick to.

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