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Paleo Chef Liam from Paleo Cafe! Paleo Bircher Muesli Recipe.

This week we had the fun of interviewing Paleo Chef, Liam from Paleo Cafe in Cairns! He talks about faileos (yes, chefs have them too!) + his get healthy tips! Read on to find out more about Liam (PLUS he shares a super simple recipe: paleo bircher muesli!).

Your job title is super exciting (Paleo Chef), tell us about how you ended up doing what you’re doing.

I started cooking when I was 16, travelled the world for 7 years working + back packing. I have worked on ski fields, as a private chef, in Michelin star restaurants, you name it, I have done it. As for the Paleo Cafe, well, I fell into it so to speak. I was looking for a chef job with regular 9-5 hours, I met with Marlies (owner of Paleo Cafe) + that was that! Never looked back. Between then + now, there has been a lot of hard work + we are about to open 3 more cafes this month (+ with 2 already open it’s been a busy last 12 months!).

 Tell us who/what inspires you…

The people that come to the cafe. I have never worked in a place where so many people say good things about the food + the paleo lifestyle. We have changed people’s lives, including my own. Also the team I work with are some of the most hard working + passionate people I have ever met.

What does a day in the life of ‘Liam’ look like? We want to know what you do + what you eat!

Normal work day: start 6:30-7:30am. Coffee is placed on my chopping board/pass/bench/desk depending on what I am doing (it usually gets cold before I drink it!). Normally 1 of the chefs makes me breakfast (loving bircher muesli at the moment).  Then it gets pretty full on for the rest of the day. I can been seen with the phone to my ear, fry pan in 1 hand, knife in the other + calling ‘service please’ for food to be run + reading emails all at the same time. I squeeze in food if I can at some point in the afternoon (anything that is quick + easy). I finish work at 4pm ish (I have been known to still be in the kitchen at 10pm catching up on paper work!) I do boot camp after work 2 nights a week, play ultimate frisbee with the team from work 1 night a week + run or cycle on the others. I also manage to be social + put time aside for my partner. I cook at home pretty much every night (not many people want to cook for a chef), I eat anything from a curry to steak, bacon + eggs, plus I have been known to eat a whole roast chicken to myself! Then it’s off to bed… I need my 8 hours sleep!

What’s your advice to people trying to live a healthier lifestyle? 

  1. Try doing a whole 30 with a friend or group of people, this will help you stick it to. Be sure to stick to it for at least 30 days (don’t give up after a week!). It takes time for your body to adjust.
  2. Keep active! Eating healthy is only 1 part. The healthier you eat the more energy you will have to exercise!
  3. Get rid of all the unhealthy food from you house. If you don’t have tim tams in the house… you won’t eat them.
  4. If you know you won’t be able to eat well, like at Christmas parties, try to counter balance them by doing a little extra exercise. Like an extra work out, run a few more kilometres or don’t use the lift at work!

How do you stay active + why does it work for you? 

I love boot camp as it’s fun + with a great group of people. I cycle a lot. I use this as a stress relief, on the weekend I’ll ride by myself or with a group, any where up to 80km… + always with a big hill! I also cycle to work each day, it’s not far at all but it adds up to 10km a week. It’s quicker + I don’t get parking tickets! I am also very competitive so if I see someone ahead of me running or riding a bike I have to overtake them.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? 

Remember: work life balance. But in saying that, I would not be where I am today if I did not put in the hours.

We’d love to hear more about the recipes you create, how do you come up with the great ideas?!

It’s not just me, I have a great team of chefs working with me. Nothing is imposable… if I get told ‘you can’t make that paleo’ I will go out of my way just to do it. Also there is a lot of trial + error… if something doesn’t work in the cafe we call it a ‘faileo’.

 If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

I would love to have dinner with you girls… but you can cook!

Share your mantra, what do you live by each day?

Give 100% to everything you do. 

Now for the fun part… share your all time favourite recipe with us! YUM!

Right now, I am loving paleo bircher muesli as well as paleo chocolate brûlée! 

Thanks to Liam! Hmm, may look like we will need to take a trip up to Cairns soon… just so we can have dinner with Liam! Here’s the recipe for Liam’s paleo bircher muesli… looks delish!

Enjoy!

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

paleo bircher muesli.
Serves 1
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs linseed meal
  2. 2 tsp chia seeds
  3. 1 tbs pumpkin seeds
  4. 1 tbs sunflower seeds
  5. 1 tbs goji berries
  6. 1 tbs craisins (dried cranberries)
  7. 1 orange juiced
  8. 1 small apple grated (go for a granny smith!)
  9. 2 tbs of coconut yoghurt (you can use natural yoghurt for a primal option!)
  10. 2 tbs of almond milk
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl + mix together until combined... enjoy!
Paleo chef Liam's tip
  1. You can mix up a big batch of the dry ingredients + just add the wet ingredients right before you eat it!
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