Justine

Photo by Virginia Cummins

Hello! I’m Justine Law – a Melbourne-based cook, home-lover and founder of Domestica.

I love all things domestic – the art and science of keeping house is what makes me tick! Domestica has taken on a few forms since its inception in 2004 as a decluttering and organising service. It has evolved over the years and is now focused on stocking others’ pantries, fridges and freezers with healthy home-cooked food.

During my twenties and thirties, I honed my skillset working as a nanny, chef, cleaner, housekeeper, PA, office manager and even a shop-keeper…from Melbourne to London to Venice and places in between. I love helping others get stuff done, making things happen,while doing it in the most efficient manner possible.

Over the years I have put literally hundreds of plates of food on the table for children, teens and adults whilst working for a variety of families. I continue to cook for (*cough* road-test on) my partner and his teen daughters, friends and family. My own health challenges in recent years have required a refocus on food to accommodate my own intolerances (gluten, FODMAPS and histamine) and have inspired the new direction of Domestica. I know first-hand how tiring making everything from scratch can be, yet the alternatives – eating out or buying packaged or ready-made food often isn’t possible – or for that matter, appealing.

My goal is to help create nourishing food in the kitchens of health-conscious families across Melbourne. It’s something I am passionate about in my own life, so if I can help support others travelling a similar path, I’m even happier.

I’ve studied an assortment of things from the arts, tour guiding, Italian, urban farming and small business. Some of my proudest moments: learning to row in Venice (the Grand Canal, no less!), cooking at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London….and being offered a housekeeping job with Juliette Binoche in Paris (after impressing her with my outstanding hand-washing and stain-removal skills!). In my spare time, you’ll find me fossicking through op shops, testing out new recipes, tending to the vegetable patch, honing my dog training skills, stitching, spending time at a little block of land in a caravan or ironing my collection of vintage napery.

I hold current police and working with children checks and am trained in first aid and food handling. I’m fully insured and a proud member of the Institute Of Professional Organisers and the Australian Institute of Food Safety.

I’d love to set up a time to chat about your family’s food needs and how I might be able to support you. Send me a message via the contact form or give me a call and I’ll get back to you pronto.