Stallholder Profile for One Hungry Mumma
Your name: Michelle Camilleri
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: One Hungry Mumma www.facebook.com/onehungrymumma
The suburb/town you live in now :Finch Hatton, Pioneer Valley Qld 4756
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Home made sauces, chutney, relish, mustard, spice and herb mixes.
What inspired you to start your business?: I have always had a genuine love for cooking, making something special out of not much. I believe that home cooked food brings families together while delighting the senses. I had always dreamt of having my own business but wasn't sure exactly what. When I unexpectedly fell pregnant after 15 years of hoping (our son was 15 at the time) I was determined to spend as much time as possible with our family. With new bub in the bumbo on the kitchen bench I started creating as I had the time and enjoyed being in the kitchen. One of the recipes was my late fathers famous (around friends and family) Worcestershire sauce, this began my love for home cooked sauces and condiments and I started creating my own recipes. At this stage I wasn't thinking of having my own business but when my friends started asking for more and more of my newly created sauces I thought "why not I'll give it a go" and the rest is history. I am overwhelmed by the excitement and support I have received.
How long have you been creating?: Pretty much since watching my mum in the kitchen as a child but only in business since July 2016.
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Part time business
Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo (Airlie Beach)
, Paxton's market (Mackay), Country to Coast Meats (Marian), Slade Point Meat Specialists (Mackay) Camilleri's farm market (Balberra), George street butcher (Mackay) Eat street (Mackay) I also do customised hampers for special occasions.
What makes you so special or different?: My recipes are all original and created myself, I use as much local produce as possible and all products are cooked in small batches to ensure quality and most importantly that home cooked flavour and appearance. There are no preservatives, fillers or additives and products are gluten free. I am passionate about supporting local business and buy as much produce locally or from my own vege garden as possible.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: When customers come back to buy more and hearing feedback as to how they have used their products. Getting people excited about home cooking and being creative.
What is your favourite product to make?: Pumpkin chutney, even though I hate cutting pumpkin ( I usually get my husband to do it, he has more patience than me) the smell of it cooking is simply divine.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not presently but definitely something I would like to do in the future. I believe in sharing knowledge.