In early 2018, The Kitchen Project launched with four fabulously unique food entrepreneurs. Over the course of 26 weeks, our foodies have flourished into capable business people who between them sell their products at 11 markets across Auckland as well as online and in stores. Click their profiles below to learn more about their journey.
Named after her great grandmother, Grandma Jenkins fruitcake is a delicious treat with a modern twist to be enjoyed all year round.
Moreish is the only way to describe Lisa’s meringues. Lisa started the Curvy Cook to share her meringues and sweet treats all across NZ.
Owner of Nesian Bites, Reesie makes stunning grazing platters and tables with a touch of Polynesia in all her designs.
Connie hopes to take cafes by storm with her unique Warrior Cacao Tonic, a hot drink alternative to coffee made with organic Cacao.
With an interest in dietary and health needs, Joanna started Car-Pie kitchen to make affordable gluten-free and vegan pies.
JOEL AND RAY
Firm friends from childhood, Westies Joel and Ray owe the genesis of
Just Chicken to an ‘a-ha’ moment at WOMAD and a hand-crafted marinade that left all their taste-testers wanting more.
Trained baker Carmel is taking Auckland’s local markets by storm with her delicious Israeli street-food and hand-made pita breads.
BANU AND SIDHARTH
After four years’ teaching Indian cooking classes from their Te Atatu home, Banu and her husband Sidharth have launched Banu’s Spices, a range of freshly blended spices sure to give your cooking an authentic Indian feel.
Owner and creator of Sweet & Me – Pacific-inspired cakes crafted to reflect the spirit of the Islands, but without the hefty price tag.
Locally sourced produce is the secret ingredient in Luna Pura’s delectable range of jams and preserves.
Rukau or Taro Leaves is the inspiration for Ina's business Rukau Hut making traditional Cook Island delicacies with a modern twist. Ina hopes to bring a ‘taste of home’ to the kiwi palate through sharing her food.
As vibrant as her salsa's Yvette started the The Red Hot Kiwi Company with the goal of bringing authentic Mexican food to Kiwi taste buds.