At the age of eight, Donna Hay skipped into a kitchen, picked up a mixing bowl and never looked back. Now, Donna Hay is one of Australia’s leading food personalities, magazine editor-in-chief and best-selling cookbook author. Her food, recipes and styling focus on basic ingredients that are simply prepared and beautifully photographed – hallmarks of her work that have set the benchmark for food publishing worldwide and inspired a whole new generation of cooks.
Donna’s career as a food writer and stylist began when she was 19. She was appointed food editor of marie claire when she was 25 and soon became food editor of marie claire lifestyle. In 2001, she launched donna hay magazine, a highly acclaimed, top-selling bi-monthly food magazine with tremendous local success and far-reaching international appeal.
With Donna as editor-in-chief, the magazine has an Australian readership of more than 630,000, subscribers in 82 countries and is the highest-selling digital magazine in Australia. In 2015, Donna made her first foray into the growing world of ‘luxe health’ content, releasing a special issue magazine called Fresh + Light, packed with nutritious recipes using superfoods, lighter ingredients and quality fresh produce to inspire a more balanced approach to eating. After circulation figures and response from both readers and advertisers exceeded all expectations, the title has now become a quarterly fixture with Donna at the helm. Donna also has a popular weekly food column in the Sunday editions of News Corp newspapers around Australia and The New Zealand Herald, reaching over four million people each week. She is also a regular contributor to UK’s leading lifestyle magazine, Living etc and has a fortnightly column in The Sunday Times Magazine in the UK.
Donna’s simple and style-driven approach is reflected in her 24 award-winning cookbooks. She has sold over 6 million copies worldwide, with the books translated into ten languages. In 2016, Donna makes a return to our television screens for the third time with her brand-new series Basics to Brilliance. Airing on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Food channel in Australia, the eight-episode series shares Donna’s favourite simple recipes and aims to help you build confidence in the kitchen by teaching you a few special tips, twists and tricks. Donna was named one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cookbook authors at the international Gourmand Awards in 2007 and received an ASTRA award in 2012 for best new female personality. Her successful homewares range was developed with Royal Doulton and has been available worldwide since 2011. This range includes classic dinnerware and collections for tea, cake and special occasions, plus kitchenware and tools for cooking and baking.
All Donna’s products, beautiful homewares and special gift ideas are available at the donna hay general store. Set up in 2009, it is a booming online business that allows food and style lovers all over the world to obtain a little piece of Donna’s personal style. Also available is the Donna Hay Home Baking Mix range, featuring a molten chocolate chunk brownie and flourless chocolate cake mix. The range is made with all-natural ingredients for a truly homemade taste. The range is well loved and stocked in major supermarkets across Australia (the brownie currently holds the number-one spot in baking mix sales across Coles and Woolworths). More lines will be added to the range in the coming year.
Donna is a working mum of two beautiful boys, Tom and Angus, and resides in Sydney, Australia.