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The Fabulous Life Of A Very Fabulous Woman – Judi Hausmann

January 10th, 2011

A character larger then life, a successful hard-working mother, a loving wife and fabulous fashion sense… Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Judi Hausmann.

The CEO behind the 21 year old Sydney based company, Hausmann Communications is one hard working woman. But don’t think it’s just all work, there is plenty play when it comes to Judi and she isn’t afraid to have fun and a great big laugh.

A very generous and very kind person, Judi is straight down the line and tells it how it is. She constantly makes me laugh and she is such a positive person to be around. I’m excited to present to you a very personal insight into the life of a glamorous, stylish and talented woman…

JUDI ON LIFE AND WORK

Judi, you own Australia’s largest communications company. Tell us a little about the company and how you started it…

Only Henry [Roth] has the nerve to call it Australia’s LARGEST communications company!!

In fact I am only claiming to be Australia’s largest independently owned PR agency, but then how would I know really!!!!!

Anyway, in my world its quality, not quantity that counts!!!

I started my own agency full of youthful conviction and determination at the age of 29! if I had known then what I know now, I doubt whether I would have been silly enough to start it!

Almost 21 years later I am so glad I did! I can’t imagine any other job where I could just be paid for being me!

Are there any other projects you are working on now or in the future?

A new health care PR agency we have just set up called Health Haus.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Do it, it’s the best career I can imagine!!! But it’s not nearly as glamorous as it may look from the outside!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I am passionate about theatre in general, and the Sydney Theatre Company where I am a Trustee in particular! I have a special interest in making theatre and the arts in general more attractive and accessible to a younger audience!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I gave up on that years ago! Now everything in my life pretty much falls under the heading of “plerk”, a term my husband coined to describe the confluence of work and play that forms the basis of most of my days!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To talk less – impossible!

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Last weekend, peeling onions! I love the ready chopped ones, would much rather pay someone else to cry and ruin their eye makeup!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Came from the Hamburglar in the old Maccas adverts: “keep your eyes on your fries!”. I focus on what I am doing and don’t worry about what everyone else is up to! That way I give everything my best shot and don’t get distracted by others.

JUDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It’s more like which ones don’t!!! I love food and drink except champagne and Coca-Cola, both of which I think are horrid! Chocolate is my favourite food group!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Too often and not nearly often enough!

Signature dish?

My Swedish friend Magnus’s mother’s salmon with dill sauce! I LOVE it!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Leave some food for the guests! I tend to get carried away with trying things and enjoying my own cooking!!!

JUDI ON FASHION

Each time we see you at events or in the social pages, you are wearing the most fabulous outfits. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

Nobody really! My friend Grant Pearce (Director of Melbourne Fashion Festival) recently described me as someone who dresses to suit their personality. I think that’s true!

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, I say live and let live!

Fashion must-have’s?

Black trousers. Lots of ‘em! Missoni jumpers. Easton Pearson tunic tops. And a couple of bolero jackets from my friend the Parisian Haute Couturier, Maurizio Galante (as worn by Judi pictured beside), who makes the most exquisite confections I have ever seen.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I don’t covet anyone elses wardrobe, am very happy with mine!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My enormous bright yellow Valentino handbag (shown in main image at top). I love it so much I gave it a nickname – Big Bird! Its a real conversation starter and has made me lots of new friends!

JUDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

Scott Weston (architect and interior designer).

Home must-have’s?

My bright red 14 seater dining table and lots of colourful Missoni fabrics everywhere.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

The more colour the better!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The red Bisazza tiled powder room, its like a little jewel.

What is your kitchen like?

Its a combination of three Poliform showroom kitchens that my friend Khali gave me for a song when he was selling his share in Poliform to Space. They were closing down part of the showroom just as we were moving into our house, so he brought 3 kitchens over on a truck and we did a jigsaw puzzle, ending up with some cabinets in frosted glass, some in cherry wood and some in vanilla lacquered finish! I like the random effect.

JUDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

My friend Mandy’s front verandah on Lang Rd, facing Centennial Park. True story!

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I LOVE my car! Its a bright blue Porsche Cayenne S with beige upholstery and a huge moonroof. It goes like the clappers, still looks brand new after 3 years and is seemingly indestructible! I call it the Nana Porsche and I bought it cos I liked it! Actually it took 6 months to arrive because I ordered so many special features! It has everything you can think of – TV, DVD – like a lounge room on wheels!

What is your greatest extravagance?

My lifestyle! I believe I deserve everything!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am obsessed with going to Tallin in Estonia! I haven’t made it there yet but keep meaning to go.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My glasses – otherwise I can’t read anything!

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Soooo not interested in celebrities or gossip! I am happy for them to have their privacy! And I would really HATE to be a fly!

Three pet hates?

1. Nasty people

2. Stingy people

3. Cruelty to animals

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

Fame

Good – You get lots of fabulous freebies

Bad – No privacy – would hate that!

Australian Fashion

Good – Easton Pearson

Bad – Supre!

Australian Media

Good – I love the Sydney Magazine and the ABC and SBS

Bad – The obsession with boring made up celebrity crap!

Oprah

Good – She is mesmerisingly charismatic

Bad – I didn’t get to meet her in person though I spent several hours only meters away from her!

Sydney

Good – Easy to park in CBD

Bad – Too far from Paris

Traveling

All good, its my favourite thing, nothing bad!

Kyle Sandilands

Dull, nothing good to say at all!

www.hausmann.com.au


Italian Food Safari With Maeve O’Meara And Guy Grossi

December 1st, 2010

I love looking through cook books, there is just something comforting about them. Not only do they look great, they are informative and more then anything, they tell a story about the person that has written it.

I’ve come across many cook books, but one has stood out most to me. Italian Food Safari by Maeve O’Meara with Guy Grossi – both absolute geniuses in the kitchen. This time the geniuses are working together in an Italian kitchen.

With the most rustically charming photography of food straight from your Nonna’s kitchen, nothing can get more authentic and more mouth watering then what you will see when you open this book. The cracked and chipped crockery, the 15 year old baking tray for lasagne, the antique cutlery, visiting your grandparents as a child, all of what growing up in a European family is about. Not only do you salivate looking at the photos, you also feel emotions and they strike memories. At least it did for me growing up in a Spanish household.

“To be born into the Italian realm is to be part of a lifetime feast – an existence punctuated by the best produce of the season prepared with love and passion.”

Set around Australia and covering the four seasons, Italian Food Safari introduces you to the concrete backyards full of abundant tomato and basil plants, the cosy home kitchens where masterpieces are whipped up, the elegant restaurants filled with delicious cooking aromas, the specialist providores and extensive delis, bakeries, cheese-makers and pasticcerias. Some of the world’s most celebrated Italian culinary masterpieces feature alongside beautiful rustic family favourites.

In addition, Guy Grossi shares some of his family’s most revered recipes for traditional favourites from the North to the South of Italy. Italian Food Safari celebrates all the extraordinary wealth of Italian culture– the pioneering families building their wood-fired ovens, growing much of their produce in the early days and keeping food at the centre of family life, a tradition we all treasure.

There is nothing more pleasing and nothing more perfect to give your Mum, your Dad, your grandparents or yourself this Christmas. This is just perfect.

Stay tuned each week as I tantilise your taste buds with a recipe from Italian Food Safari each week till Christmas.

PAPPARDELLE CON FUNGHI DI BOSCO

PAPPARDELLE WITH FOREST MUSHROOMS

Ingredients:

200g fresh pappardelle

Splash of extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely sliced

1 teaspoon of chopped sage, majoram or thyme leaves

2 medium slippery jack mushrooms, sponge removed and sliced roughly

2 medium pine mushrooms, sliced roughly

150ml white wine

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

Method:

Put a pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta. While you wait, heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the garlic with the sage, marjoram or thyme. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pappardelle to the boiling water and cook until al dente (fresh pasta should not take more then 3 or 4 minutes).

Add the wine to the mushrooms and let it reduce for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. When the pasta is ready, drain it, reserving some cooking water, and stir into the mushroom sauce, heating together briefly. Add the butter and a little of the cooking water if the pasta seems dry.

Serve sprinkled with parsley and parmigiano reggiano.

Serves 2.

The Most Charming Newsreader Of All – Ricardo Goncalves

July 26th, 2010

Well dressed, witty humour, charasmatic and quick in his responses, it’s no wonder Ricardo Goncalves is a popular guy.

A Presenter/Reporter for SBS World News Australia and also coming from Sky News, Ricardo is an educated man, growing up on the South Coast of Sydney. He is a heavily researched reporter who knows his job inside out and takes pride in himself and the work he does.

I met Ricardo at a mutual friend’s dinner party, where he instantly charms both the men and women in the room. He is warm and approachable. He listens to people as much as you listen to him and as any educated communicator does, he asks questions about you and want’s to know what you have to say.

A very funny guy, who has substance, presence and charm, I’d like you to get to know more about him. This is Ricardo Goncalves…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now I’m enjoying working as a presenter and reporter for SBS World News Australia after a long stint with Sky News Australia and Nine News Melbourne. It’s been a dramatic learning curve taking on the big global issues after years of business journalism.

I’m also very keen on the public speaking/MC circuit.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

When it comes to fashion, I’m known for being quite conservative, love my blacks, although I’m most comfortable in my Adidas gear. Let’s just say I’m very thankful for the wardrobe department at SBS. When it comes to the apartment, I’m very much a minimalist. I love clean lines and surfaces.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

When it comes to dressing up, I’m a big fan of Farage, and a mate of mine, Donny Galella, does some great evening wear which I like also. Again though, show me something with the Adidas logo, and I’ll wear it.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Does FOXTEL IQ2 count?

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m very much a vodka, lime and soda kind of guy, but when the sun is out and the heat is on, then it’s a Hahn Super Dry. There’s also nothing better than that sound a can of Coke Zero makes when you open it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

iPhone. It’s one of those things you buy that you don’t really really need, but really really want.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Never write anything you don’t understand. As a junior reporter working for David Koch almost 10 years ago, I wrote a couple of financial terms in an article I thought I should include, because they sounded right, even though I didn’t know what they meant. Kochie then called me to ask me to explain to him what those terms were. I didn’t know. He then told me what he thought of that. From then on, I never wrote something I didn’t understand 100%

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Persist and persevere. My UAI wasn’t high enough to get into a well regarded Journalism degree, so I wrote dozens of letters to well known journos asking for their advice. Again, dozens actually wrote back and a couple suggested I do a business degree because there was a demand for business journalists. They were right. Also, getting work experience and learning on the road is in my opinion the best way to do it. When I was 17, I called WIN TV Wollongong once a fortnight asking for work experience. After six months, they eventually let me come in. I worked one day a week there, for free, putting stories to air, for two years before getting paid. Finally, don’t expect to start at the top. Get a good grounding about what journalism actually is and practise the craft of telling a story. I first started by holding a flecky board for another journo’s piece-to-cam. Don’t know what a flecky board is? Then you haven’t started at the bottom….

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I am a news junkie, so I’m constantly flicking between the news programmes to compare their stories and presentation even at home. However, I’m keen on the gym and my shift work means I have my mornings free to have a bit of a life. I’m also very lucky to have weekends off, so I’ve always got time for myself, family and friends.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It’s not ok to spend your money frivolously, but it’s ok to spend money on good food.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

I’ve got a couple of favourite breaky spots in Surry Hills and Potts Point that serve amazing coffee, brilliant breakfast and enough room on the table to have all of that, plus the newspaper spread out to read.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I haven’t located the stove at home yet….

Signature dish?

Does cereal count?

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My white gold neckchain and crucifix. It’s a gift from mum.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Peak hour traffic.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Pushing the State Government for better transport infrastructure.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

North Bondi. Great place to chill and swim after doing the Bronte to Bondi walk..

Three pet hates?

1. Dog hair

2. People that stand at the end of an escalator

3. Selfish drivers

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Anywhere on a beach in the Mediterranean or on the island of Madeira.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Getting the balance of work, family and friends right.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Watching Toy Story 3. The bond of a good friendship. Amazing.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Flouro colours. Enough said.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

A black Honda Civic Sport. Added a spoiler and blue lights to the interior of the car. Why did I buy it? I needed something a bit meatier than the green Suzuki Swift I had for years after being a poor University student.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of?

Determination.

What is one of the most embarrassing moments you’ve had?

At Sky News presenters don’t often have time to pre-read and check scripts. One day, I read “paradigm” as “para-didg-im”. My colleagues have never let me forget that since.

Your best grooming tip?

With all the make up we use in the studio, getting it off is most important and moisturise…..well that’s what the make up girls at SBS said, so I just do what I’m told.

Keep an eye for Ricardo on SBS Evening News at 9:30pm.

For more information on Ricardo, contact romel@romelmanagement.com.au