Having worked in the travel industry for almost 10 years, I decided I wanted a change. I quit my job 2 months after getting married, with no real idea of what I wanted to do. I joined a friend in his travel business on a part time basis, but it is really just his hobby. In the following months I had a lot of time on my hands. My sister asked if I would help her with setting up for a bridal show. Part of the job was to create a hamper of the products she would be showing. As I was decorating the table and creating the hamper an idea struck me. It was then that My Recipe Hamper was born.
I have loved food for many years, and really enjoy cooking. I have a love affair with exotic food, and really try all kinds of crazy recipes. I entered MasterChef SA, but only made it to the first round of auditions. I realised that as much as I loved cooking and food, I didn’t really want to be a chef. I wanted to do something with food, but that would make people happy without me having to cook for them. I’m too self conscious of my own cooking skills. I’d rather cook for the people who I love, and who love me, and know that they will be kind to me when critiquing my food.
Wrapping that hamper for my sister in January 2013 gave me the idea of following my dream of making people happy with food. What if I could source the weird and wonderful ingredients that some of the crazy food I love required? What if I could deliver it to people who didn’t have the time or inclination to go find it? What if I could wrap it in finery and make it look pretty too? That would be something I would want to receive as a gift, so surely other foodies would appreciate it?
I did a little more research online – no one had any thing even vaguely similar to what I was wanting to do. I set about asking friends and family for idea on what they would want. I came up with some basic ideas for some starter hampers, and then I started this website. So here I am, wanting to make your foodie dreams a reality too!