Plus, one of her go-to lunch recipes.  

By Lauren Wicks
Updated: April 23, 2019

Nicole Miller is best-known as the founder of an eponymous global fashion brand. While the award-winning designer is famous in the fashion industry, fewer people know that Miller also likes to let her creativity run wild in the kitchen. Her favorite hobby is cooking, and her experience shaping styles informs how she makes food.

“As a designer you have to be creative and organized,” Miller said. “With my recipes, I like to take a lot of creative license with them. I never follow any recipe exactly as it is.”

One of Miller’s favorite foods to make is pasta. Although she was raised on French cooking, Miller said she finds her husband and son both enjoy it and loves that it is such a versatile, easy food.

While a fashion designer who eats carbs might sound unbelievable, Miller said she doesn’t believe in following trendy, restrictive diets, but focuses instead on consuming whole foods.

“I don’t like to follow food fads, and everyone I know today is in a food fad,” Miller said. “My one thing is that I don’t like to eat processed food. I like to eat the real thing.”

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Miller’s diet consists of plenty of fresh produce, and she is a huge seafood fan. Some of her favorite crowd-pleasing dishes include a decadent lobster bisque, shrimp curry with jasmine rice, and Vietnamese summer rolls. Miller has dedicated herself to perfecting the art of crafting the perfect summer roll over the years and in the video above, she shares her methods with us.

Miller thoughtfully builds each summer roll with aesthetics in mind (as a good fashion designer would do) and ensures a few pieces of juicy shrimp and vibrant cilantro sprigs are visible. She adds butterhead lettuce, rice noodles, and a little hoisin sauce to her rolls and decorates them on a platter with cilantro and mint.

Instead of serving her Vietnamese summer rolls with a traditional peanut sauce, Miller creates her own spin on a traditional Nuoc Cham sauce for dipping.

Find out more about Nicole Miller’s tips and tricks for balanced eating in the video above.

 

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