our entrepreneurs

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.

CURRENT

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PAULINE GEE

Named after her great grandmother, Grandma Jenkins fruitcake is a delicious treat with a modern twist to be enjoyed all year round.

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LISA MIDDLETON

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.

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THERESA DEVOE-MOSE

Owner of Nesian Bites, Reesie makes stunning grazing platters and tables with a touch of Polynesia in all her designs.

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CoNNIE duncan

Connie hopes to take cafes by storm with her unique Warrior Cacao Tonic, a hot drink alternative to coffee made with organic Cacao.

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joanna bolTon

With an interest in dietary and health needs, Joanna started Car-Pie kitchen to make affordable gluten-free and vegan pies.

 

Graduates

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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.

 
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Carmel Davidovitch

Trained baker Carmel is taking Auckland’s local markets by storm with her delicious Israeli street-food and hand-made pita breads.

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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.

 

Bertrand Jang

Owner and creator of Sweet & Me – Pacific-inspired cakes crafted to reflect the spirit of the Islands, but without the hefty price tag.

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Davide Caprara

Locally sourced produce is the secret ingredient in Luna Pura’s delectable range of jams and preserves.

INa Simpson

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.

 

YVETTE BROOKS

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.

find our food

Between them our Kitchen Project entrepreneurs sell their products at markets and in stores all over Auckland and online. Here’s where you can find them:

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Carmellà

Traditional Israeli bread stuffed with delicious fillings. Find them at Kumeu Farmers Market (third Sunday of every month) and Coatesville Market (first Sunday of every month). Follow them on Facebook.

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RUKAU HUT LTD.

Rukau (taro leaves) is the secret ingredient that makes these pies, burgers and other traditional Pasifika food taste so good. Find them at Otahuhu Farmers’ Market (every Thursday). Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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red hot kiwi co.

100% Artisan made fresh salsa. No added sugars, no preservatives. Find them at Oratia Farmers Market (every Saturday) and the Grey Lynn Farmers Market (every Sunday). Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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sweet & Me

Pasifika-inspired specialty cakes and treats. Find Sweet & Me Find Sweet & Me at La Cigale (French) Market in Parnell (every Saturday and Sunday) or visit their online shop. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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LUNA PURA

Delectable jams and preserves made from locally sourced produce. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.