My love affair with food began in my teens, when I cooked my first “fry up” in my Nanny’s in Co. Tipperary. From then on my interest and passion for food grew. I tried other career options through the years, enjoyed them and learned what I needed, but still in my heart I knew I wanted to establish a fulfilling career in food. Two of the most important things in my life are family and food and the relationship that exists between the two. I dreamt of setting up my own family food business and little did I know that my dreams, belief and hard work would eventually pay off.
In 2014, I had a relatively minor health issue to deal with and it was suggested that I try eating Paleo for 30 days to lose weight at a healthy pace, boost my immune system and increase my good gut bacteria. That’s when it all changed for me. The experience helped change my relationship with food, my whole life seemed to undergo a complete overhaul and I was the happiest, healthiest I had been in a very long time. I could eat full fat everything, including, yes you guessed it…NUTS! It all fell into place from there.
I tried all the well known brands of nut butters and they did satisfy me but I felt I could offer something a little bit more unique in terms of taste, texture and variety and so here I am, proudly standing with my take on what healthy food can taste like, hoping to fuel the nation with healthy, hearty “Nutterly Nutritious”.
I would not be in the strong position I am in today without the huge support, mentoring and structure that SuperValu has given me through the Food Academy Programme. It has been an invaluable experience and a fantastic platform from which to launch a local Artisan business. If you yourself have a food/beverage business idea or are already in production, I’d highly recommend pursuing this as an option to grow your business.
I currently live and work in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare and as my business grows I plan to employ local people on an ongoing basis. We have the most wonderful products and indeed people here in Ireland…let’s give them all a chance and support local!