Nicole Joy describes herself as a born entrepreneur.
“With my B.Ed under my belt, I have started everything from my own line of jewellery and a men's t-shirt label to my own brand of luxury sleepwear, ” she says.
She started modelling in 2005, after winning the Miss World QLD title, where she raised over $20,000 for the Abused Child Trust. From there she secured commercials and presenting roles on Channel 9, Fashion TV.
But, Nicole found the world of modeling to be disheartening.
“I was starting to resent the fact that my income and job opportunities were limited by someone else's opinion of me. I knew I always did a really good job, clients and directors that booked me were always super impressed and loved working with me. But I was always missing out on jobs because I didn't have the 'right look'. I know that's the way it goes in that world, but I wanted to be the master of my own destiny.”
So Nicole decided to delve into the business world. After trials and tribulations of trying to start her own business, she decided to strip it back to basics and invest in her true passion – food!
"I am Italian and some of the fondest memories I have are in the kitchen with my mum and my nonna. Friends became my guinea pigs and my recipes quickly went from mid-week taste testing on the lounge room floor to being sold in health food stores and local cafés. Those recipes are the foundations for the book.”
Dessert for Breakfast features personal stories and the battles she has overcome, as well wholesome ‘dessert’ recipes that are gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free – that are perfectly suitable for breakfast.
"I hope for people to get creative and confident in the kitchen, my recipes are a guide and all can be adapted to different taste buds," she says.
“My number one message - learn to nourish the most important relationship you have, the one you have with yourself.”