DAR­REN ROBERT­SON

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CO-OWNER OF THREE BLUE DUCKS, 42

Dar­ren is a chef and the co-owner of Three Blue Ducks. He lives in By­ron Bay with his part­ner Mag­dalena Roze and sons Archie and Charlie. What do you love about liv­ing on the coast? The clean air, the peo­ple, the ocean, the food, it’s amaz­ing here. De­scribe your style. Easy­go­ing. What’s your typ­i­cal ev­ery­day out­fit? Black pants, white T-shirts and sneak­ers. What are your wardrobe and travel es­sen­tials? My green army jumper, head­phones, cook­books and surf­boards. Do you have any favourite cloth­ing la­bels? Deus, Acne and Patag­o­nia. What hair prod­ucts do you use? Sea wa­ter. What do you never leave home with­out? A Keep­cup and nap­pies (not for me!). Can you name any books, pod­casts or shows you’re en­joy­ing? I’m read­ing The Third Plate by Dan Bar­ber and lis­ten­ing to The Pass pod­cast. I just watched The Magic Pill doc­u­men­tary, which I thought was bril­liant. How do you man­age your work/life balance? It’s a work in progress. I try to be as pro­duc­tive as pos­si­ble at work, which in turn al­lows me to spend more time with the fam­ily. Who is your style in­flu­ence? As daggy as it sounds, I think I dress like my dad. I hope he’d be proud that I’m fly­ing the flag! How will you be spend­ing Fa­ther’s Day? I’ll spend it with Mags and the boys. A sleep-in would be nice, but prob­a­bly a lit­tle op­ti­mistic at this point! We might head to Three Blue Ducks for break­fast and let Archie see the trac­tors. Go home for the af­ter­noon nap, and while ev­ery­one’s asleep, I’ll sneak out for a surf, come back and get lunch on. I’m hop­ing there’ll be a lit­tle present ac­tion hap­pen­ing for Dad, hop­ing for socks! What do you love about be­ing a dad? I like the chaos of it all. It changes every­thing and forces you to rel­ish the things you once took for granted. Every­thing is new to the lit­tle ones, so you too be­gin to look at the world through a dif­fer­ent lens... It also gives you a new per­spec­tive on time; it sud­denly be­comes more pre­cious, kids grow so fast and you don’t want to miss a thing. Iron­i­cally, with all the chaos, life be­comes sim­pler, the small stuff we used to worry about goes out the win­dow. Visit three­blue­ducks.com

CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Dar­ren, Mag­dalena and Archie, as seen in Mag­dalena’s book Happy and Whole; the Three Blue Ducks menu makes the most of sea­sonal pro­duce; Three Blue Ducks at The Farm By­ron Bay; pigs in the pad­docks.

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