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Helen was born in Malaysia but started her cooking career in Australia, where she had migrated with her family as a girl. After 7 years as head pastry chef at Donovans, a landmark Melbourne restaurant, she moved to London and soon joined Ottolenghi.

She has worked closely with Yotam as the lead product developer for the past ten years and co-authored SWEET with him. Helen draws widely on Asian, Western and Middle Eastern influences in her cooking – and of course, on her love of sweets.