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6 & 7 July 2024

Buffy Ellen

Plant-Based Nutritionist

Buffy is New Zealand’s leading plant-based Nutritionist and Naturopath, with over 9 years’ experience and an international audience in excess of 180,000. 

She is the founder of Be Good Organics, New Zealand’s largest and most well-known plant-based food blog, where she has shared delicious healthy plant-based recipes for almost a decade. After experiencing her own healing journey from Graves' disease using plant-based food and medicine, she now loves to help others do the same.

In 2020, Buffy launched her online plant-based cooking and nutrition school, BE GOOD, which aims to transform people’s health by teaching them how to create delicious, healthy, easy recipes at home, just made from plants. Armed with an abundance of knowledge from 11 years at university and a decade of plant-based living, Buffy empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health using a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

Buffy holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Naturopathy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and post-graduate degree is analysis. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her partner Tony, their two young children Mila and Torin, and their very friendly Burmese cats Zeus and Luna.

Get to know Buffy:

Favourite restaurant/or café in the Waikato to go out to:

Two Birds, Ban Mi Caphe & Duck Island - "all did tasty plant-based options".

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?

White cabbage. Seriously so good - sweet, crunchy, grown locally in NZ. And cheap as chips. Thinly slice it raw, make it into sauerkraut, or lightly saute it with a dash of salt - even my kids love it.

The kitchen utensil you can't live without?

My blender, food processor, mandoline, and stainless measuring cups and spoons. That's 5 I know. I'm a cook!

If you didn’t become a chef what would you have been?

An actress! "Almost went to Unitec performing arts school when I left high school actually".

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Vegetables! Of every rainbow kind.

Saturday night in with a movie, what is your comfort meal?

My Creamy Mushroom Pasta, topped with Walnut Parmesan, and a crunchy fresh salad on the side. Finished with a slice of my Chocolate Espresso Tart. Lush.

Where to see Buffy:

Wholesome Hub

Saturday 3.00pm

A healthy plant-based dish, Moroccan Sorghum Salad and Spiced Cauliflower Fritters.

Wholesome Hub

Sunday 12.45pm

A healthy plant-based dish, Moroccan Sorghum Salad and Spiced Cauliflower Fritters. 

Her advice to new cooks

"Just start trying! Like any new sport/hobby, you're useless at the start. But with time and practice, you slowly build your competence, and confidence, over time. Start by following recipes from someone you admire who has the same food style as you're aiming for. Then once you're feeling good, you can start substituting a few things here and there depending on what you have in the fridge/cupboard".