Meet the makers

Gifty's Ghana Kitchen

Gifty Gerondis is the enterprising woman behind Gifty's Ghana Kitchen - a business that creates handcrafted, small-batch West African spice blends.

Originally from Ghana, Gifty longed for the fragrant and aromatic flavours found in 'Suya' — a popular Ghanaian street food dish usually made from barbequed meats and spices.

"My inspiration came from growing up in Accra and visiting the local markets that are some of the most vibrant and fragrant markets in the world. They are absolutely intoxicating. That, combined with missing one of my favourite foods from my home country."

After being unable to find anything like it in Australia, Gifty created her own 'Suya Gold' — a combination of spices and the special 'grains of Selim', a native African pepper. Gifty has also created a tantalising Jollof rice blend and a unique Ghana Chai made with Australian-grown tea.

"I love making the spice blends and especially receiving such lovely feedback when people experience a taste of Ghana for the first time".

Gifty shares that "starting a whole new business from scratch has been quite an experience. I had the vision of the product itself, Suya, and that was about it. I then had to develop the brand, the name, labelling, packaging, different blends, website, social media, marketing etc. etc. etc.!"

"It's taken almost a year to get to the place I'm at now, which is ready to scale the business and try to partner up with more retailers and develop the online business. I am also ready to take my products to local markets…I was all ready to go with my stall, and then the restrictions hit! So, I'm looking forward to starting that side of the business as soon as the markets are back up and running."

We'll be sure to keep an eye out for Gifty when restrictions ease, and we can visit her at local markets! In the meantime, you can find her full range at giftysghanakitchen.com.au

Gifty has also just introduced gift wrapping - with all this time spent at home, we can't think of a better way to show someone you love them!

 

LOCATION

Mayfield, NSW

 

WEBSITE

giftysghanakitchen.com.au

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