Secrets shared by food writer

Culinary journey: We welcome on board guest writer Julie Tran, who will launch her new column with the Champion next week.

Culinary journey: We welcome on board guest writer Julie Tran, who will launch her new column with the Champion next week.

JULIE Tran has embarked on an exciting culinary journey, and from next week she'll be sharing her experiences with Champion readers.

The 28-year-old from Canley Vale will be featured in her own column within the paper, focusing on family recipes.

"I am encouraging young and old people from all walks of life to submit their family recipes," she said.

"I will be doing a profile piece on the people behind their meals."

Miss Tran, a 10-year veteran of broadcasting production, grew up in a family of cooks.

Her parents owned two Chinese wedding reception restaurants, with her father holding the position of head chef.

As a child, her earliest memories are of food — digging into succulent chicken wings, fighting over who would get the last duck pancake, as well as enjoying her mother's Malaysian curry.

Miss Tran now shares these hearty Asian home-cooked meals with the community via a series of videos on her own YouTube channel.

"We're all about food and family. It's a really good tool," she said.

"It's a legacy to collect these family recipes, because food connects people together. It also helps to break down the barriers."

Miss Tran plans to sell her father's special dipping sauces and introduce them to experienced and new palates.

She is also working on a cookbook based on "secret family recipes" from different cultures around the world.

Her goal is to host a food-travel show — embarking on a round-the-world trip to discover traditional and modern cuisines in exotic locations.

To be involved in Miss Tran's weekly column, submit your family recipes to jujutran@outlook.com.

You can also find video tutorials on how to make some of her secret family recipes by visiting tinyurl.com/tranfoodvideos.

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