Founder / Eat Fit Food
At 22 years of age Bianca Monley started Eat Fit Food in her small, Bondi apartment. Sourcing fresh ingredients from the local markets, preparing the meals and delivering them in the early hours of the morning to her client’s doorsteps. As the one-woman chef, delivery driver, marketer, accountant and customer service rep behind Eat Fit Food, Bianca organically grew her business with unwavering commitment, dedication and passion for her vision.
Thousands of people have eaten from the Eat Fit Food Pantry, including some of the biggest names in the biz like Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale, Lara Worthington, Ronan Keating and Michael Klim to name a few.
Yes, she is a BIG DEAL, but her journey is even more interesting.
Bianca grew up in New Zealand, didn’t finish high school, but studied at Tafe. In her own words…
Going to university was never part of my plan, as I’m not an academic and I wanted to jump into the job force right away. Thinking back, my first paid job was packing boxes and waitressing. I loved working way more than school!
Today’s Interview is for those girls that swear health and fitness is life. It’s for those that want to impact the world and make it a healthier place for themselves, their families and future generations.
Bianca is a shining revolutionary, a maverick, and her #careerstory is drenched with so many career advice goodies! So pumped to tell her story.
Bianca, you incredible woman, so excited to have you here. How did you get into the career that you are in today?
My parents had a huge impact on the person I am today. In fact, they were the biggest reason I’m so passionate about food. I’m the youngest of 4 children and was raised in a town called Wanaka in New Zealand.
In my youth, I spent countless days working at my parent’s restaurant, so being around food and working hard has always been part of my DNA. Back then, there was no such thing as pocket money, if we wanted something we had to work hard for it.
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I went to high school in Auckland only completing year 11 equivalent. Going to university was never part of my plan, as I’m not an academic and I wanted to jump into the job force right away. Thinking back, my first paid job was packing boxes and waitressing. I loved working way more than school!
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
No, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school. I left and studied childcare before moving to Sydney and starting Eat Fit Food at 22 years of age.
Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
I loved work experience but seemed to be more interested in working so would seek out other opportunities that interested me at the time. At one stage I thought I was going to be a film director so knocked on the doors of the T.V station to see how I could get in. I ended up becoming an extra on the set and soon realised the long periods of waiting around was not for me.
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
I finished school early and went to Tafe and studied childcare, receiving a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
After Tafe, I worked as a childcare teacher for Kindercare in New Zealand. I did this for a couple of years then got offered a job as a sales consultant for Healthland, a chain of gyms in Sydney. It was bought out by Fitness First soon after. I stayed here for a few years and soon became the top sales person worldwide. They offered me a managerial position and I gladly declined. I then waitressed for Hugo’s Lounge and started my side business Eat Fit Food from my small apartment located in Bondi. I have always loved all of my jobs and given them 100%. If I choose to do something I give it my all.
What a great trajectory, so how did you start Eat Fit Food? Give us all the details
When working at Fitness First I saw a missing link with what people were eating, none of it was real food. My idea was simple, create a business that prepares and delivers healthy, fresh nutritious meals to busy individuals and educate them on how eating well can be so enjoyable and easy.
What is the hardest part of owning your own business for you?
Never having enough time in a day to execute everything as quickly as I would like.
What does a day a typical business day look like for you at Eat Fit Food?
I wake at 5.30am. I have 3 young children under 4 and one of them is an extremely early riser.
After getting them breakfast and ready for school I exercise.
I arrive at Eat Fit Food, go through emails prioritising the daily hit list. I always tend to the top 3 most important things that make the biggest impact on the biggest goal.
I meet and chat with all heads of department and discuss where we are at with everything. We all sit down and enjoy an Eat Fit Food lunch.
Afternoons are usually business development meetings and working on new projects. I pick my kids up from school at 5pm get them home for dinner, bath, and bed.
Dinner is Eat Fit Food midweek. I get back on my phone, go through emails and check social media as it’s a bug part of our business.
I finish the evening with a meditation to clear my head before bed.
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
The Dalai Lama has always inspired me. I admire the care and love he has for others and the ability to always remain so calm. Perhaps I will get there one day.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
If you are really passionate about something and you have the strength to never give up you will always succeed. It’s a bumpy road out there, always remain positive no matter what. The sooner you realise the bumps are the fun part the faster you will learn and grow.
List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration in your profession?
- Favourite Websites: RealEstate.Com – I am obsessed with property
- Name an Instagram Account that you can’t go a day without checking:@eatfitfood
- Favourite Podcast: Masters of Scale – Reid Hoffman
- Favourite Netflix Series: Chefs Table Favourite all-time book/s: The Magic Faraway Tree
- People: Maggie Bear, Dalai Lama, Tony Robbins, Jamie Oliver.
- Others: Donna Hay, My family.