Amanda Ruben is the founder and owner of Miss Ruben, a New York-inspired deli and cafe in Ripponlea, in the heart of Melbourne’s Jewish community. The daughter of Jewish parents and a journalist by trade, Amanda grew up in the various kitchens of her entrepreneurial mother, Tamara, who ran a series of food businesses in Melbourne. After switching careers, Amanda opened two food stores in partnership with her mother. Named after Amanda’s two children, Cooper & Milla’s offered amazing salads, cakes and simple food based around the best seasonal produce. Miss Ruben has continued this theme, with a greater emphasis on catering and take-home food that subtly pays homage to the Jewish heritage of the area. Amanda lives in Melbourne with her husband, Mark Gardy, and two children.