© 2019 by The Pickled Pepper 

Tonia Hedley is a nutritionist, home economist and food consultant. Since gaining a degree in Food Science and Nutrition, she has had more than 25 year's experience in food and nutrition roles. Tonia has worked in Australia and the UK in the food industry, the media, and the private sector. She has worked across a broad range of disciplines- food styling and photography, recipe development and nutritional analysis. She has also been a presenter at Julie Goodwin's cooking school - Julie's Place - and has had her own catering company on the Central Coast.

Tonia is a regular speaker at sporting and charity events, advocating healthy eating and the paddock-to-plate philosophy. This passion for healthy eating has led her to discover fermented foods and their nutritional benefits.  She is a keen fermentor and has a passion for sharing her fermenting knowledge with others.


Tonia also works with Thermomix Australia, promoting the health benefits of whole food eating using the Thermomix. Her Thermomix recipes are already gaining national and international recognition.

She lives on the Central Coast with her husband John, and their four children.

Clare Patch is an accredited practising dietitian and accredited nutritionist with additional training in relationship counselling and public health. She has always believed that prevention is better than cure. 


A research position with power station workers on the Central Coast NSW brought Clare to the east coast where she continues to happily reside with her family.  Clare gained experience managing the community nutrition team and eventually the nutrition and dietetics department at Central Coast Local Health District. 


Clare is passionate about working with people to achieve their full potential. She has run numerous recovery and educational groups in her local community. 


Currently Clare enjoys conducting whole food cooking and fermenting classes with the Picked Pepper Cooking School. More recently Clare has also taken up a position as a dietitian with Bright Diets.


The plethora of nutrition information has caused much consumer confusion.  Clare partners with individuals and family groups to determine the best sustainable eating pattern for good health.  Her interests include:  gut health, fermenting, lifestyle medicine, and mindful eating.


Clare loves sitting around the table with family and friends enjoying a home cooked meal. Her garden is her sanctuary where Clare delights in growing vegetables and herbs for the family.