Here at Newmarket kitchen we have so many amazing members bringing amazing products to the Irish Food market.
In our member’s spotlight we would like you to meet Zane from the health meal delivery service- Fit Meal!
As an experienced chef, personal trainer and Fitness competitor, Zane is aware of the diet struggles that are faced by clients preventing them from reaching their goals. Fit Meal was created to help people be healthier, happier and fitter and with the delivery service and custom made meals to suit each individual customer, Zane is bringing healthy meals to clients using quality Irish ingredients.
When and why did you decide to become a chef?
That would be really long story, ha-ha. But shortly said I wanted to make my grandparents proud of me and follow their steps. I’m sure they are happy watching me now.
Did you have any former training?
Yes indeed, 5 years of college as a chef followed by 15 years of pure cooking in different places from breakfast to fine dining style, completed Nutrition in advanced sports course, Personal training course, and over 8 years in fitness industry including bodybuilding competitions.
Where did you work as a chef before creating Fit Meal?
In Dublin at the Bewley’s Hotel, The Ballsbridge Hotel and O’Connell’s Donnybrook
What gave you get the idea for Fit Meal?
Helping people to get their fitness results while dieting or simply improving their wellbeing
When did you set up your business?
January 2017 I had my first client K.Harris
What prompted you to start your food-business?
My friends including K. Harris and my ex-Girlfriend who were great supporters in tough times
What are your top tips on staying healthy?
Everything in moderation
What has been your best experience since creating Fit Meal?
Hard to tell what the best experience is, so far I’d say that I’m thankful for all our supporters and clients that can see the value in what we do. That we do something that really works for them, in terms of lifestyle and health improvement.
How many areas does Fit Meal reach?
The South Side Dublin and Dublin City Centre
What is your favourite type of food to cook?
No preference. But I do like to produce Colourful, vibrant, crunchy, fresh and top quality products.
Do you cater for customers with special diet requirements? (Coeliac, vegan etc.?)
Indeed. That is our weapon. We know all of those allergies might be a pain in the neck so we can aim to create custom meals. Our menus are very healthy already as we avoid adding wheat and dairy etc.
Have you any tips that might help a person starting a food business?
Don’t be afraid to fail. Each time you learn something new which pushes you up.
Do you have any new or exciting future plans for Fit Meal?
Fit meal has huge potential in the future, we have our strategy plan which won’t be revealed at this stage.
How have you found your experience in Newmarket Kitchen?
Newmarket kitchen helped us to grow, learn, and speed up the whole process. Shane is always there to give a hand and willing to help. We are here like a big family, supporting each other in tough times and having a laugh when thing gets easier.
I’m definitely recommending NMK to anyone willing to start-up food business.
Chocolatier Siona Ryan has challenged the chocolate world with her quirky single origin and preservative free, range of handmade bars, truffles and ganaches. Siona has a music-industry background which she tied into her brand by naming each product after legendary musical tracks- ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ espresso ganache – ‘White Light, White Night’ white chocolate bar with cardamom and ginger and ‘Honky Tonka Woman’ Dark chocolate bar blended with Tonka beans to name but a few. The flavours used in her products are unusual but scrumptious and well balanced - We chatted to Siona on her experience in her first year of business as she goes against the tide of the chocolate world in Ireland
1. When did you set up your business?
September 2016, I'm still not sure if it was a brilliant or crazy idea to set up in time for Christmas!
2. What prompted you to start your business?
Well the initial idea was born from my own love of chocolate - as is often the way with food producers. I love everything about it, the raw ingredients, the endless flavour combinations and the packaging possibilities. It is a little fantasy world!
3. What is your USP, how did you decide to market it?
I created serious chocolate with tongue in packaging, all my products have song inspired names- Wake Me Up Before You Go Go Espresso Ganaches!
4. What has been your greatest moment since starting up?
Being followed on Instagram but one of my chocolate heroes - Michel Cluizel
5. Have you some tips that you think would help someone starting off a food business ?
Well I decided that this was something I was happy to devote time to regardless of whether or not it became a business, so my hours in the kitchen trying to master the art of chocolate were because it was life enhancing. This may not be brilliant business advice but it has worked for me in maintaining my passion!
6. Where can we find your products?
Avoca Stores Nationwide
7. How have you found your experience in new market kitchen?
It has been a great just having the buzz of other people around - all willing to exchange ideas and experience. Even when we are going it alone it is always good to feel part of something bigger.
Whether steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or even deep-fried, dumplings are an international sensation that have grown in popularity over the last couple of years!
So naturally we were thrilled when we heard from the guys at Asian Artisan were looking for commercial kitchen space to produce their authentic Asian dumplings.
Asian Artisan are a Dublin based dumpling producer making some of the most delicious, all natural and authentic Asian style dumplings. These guys are the real deal, supplying a number of the Asian supermarkets in the Dublin area.
We only hope that Asian Artisan will apply for the Supervalu Food Academy and start supplying supermarkets in Dublin and beyond soon!
If you'd like to find out more about Asian Artisan you can contact them directly through their popular Instagram account here or feel free to email Newmarket Kitchen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: If you'd like to get your hands on some dumplings, Asian Artisan also sell directly from Newmarket Kitchen
Product: First Craic | Cold Brew Coffee
Owner: Jack Lidholm
Story: Through knowledge, passion, months of trial-and-error and two humble heros (ethical coffee and filtered water), First Craic was born, Ireland's first producer of cold brew coffee.
Why cold brew you ask?
Many coffee lovers find regular brewed coffee too acidic. It is estimated that over 54 million people in America alone suffer heartburn, 75% of whom say beverages such as coffee can be the cause of it.
Although a favorite among millions of coffee drinkers - from regular folk to connoisseurs - for more than forty years, many consumers are only now discovering the benefits of cold-brewed coffee.
Cold-brewing ground beans produces a coffee that is naturally low in acid - approximately 67% less acidic than coffee brewed by conventional hot-brew methods.
First Craic believes that coffee-on-the-go is best crafted using only high-quality, natural, ethically-sourced ingredients, plus a commitment to oversee every step of our production process. They are determined that every batch of handcrafted cold brew serves up the quality of specialty coffee.
First Craic is a rich, smooth, naturally sweet coffee without the bitterness and acidity of hot brewed coffee. With an endless number of unique flavour combination possibilities, get ready to tailor your brew to your taste.
For information on Jack's journey, you can follow his Facebook, Instagram and website
Love your gut in 2016 with Bone Broths from Sadie's Kitchen
"Bone broth is a clear broth made by boiling down bones for long periods of time to extract the nutrition that is naturally occurring in the bones and connective tissue of chicken and beef bones. Western diets are usually low in gelatine, one of the most gut healing foods on the planet. Bone broths are naturally rich in glucosamine thanks to their high gelatine content so they are excellent in soothing the gut and aiding inflammatory illnesses such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and arthritis (in conjunction with treatment)."
Check out the full article here.