EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ANDRE’S KITCHEN BAKING COOKIES WITH PASSION Ever since Andre Wike can remember he has always had a love for baking! It all started at age 10 when he needed money for a school trip to Melbourne so he started baking chocolate cakes and selling them to neighbours.
PETER GORDON, JACQUI, JOHN and PHIL hold jars of the new PETER GORDON / SABATO range of dressings, sauces, relishes and chutneys.
Andre trained to be a chef at Christchurch Polytechnic and over the years he has worked in restaurants and catering companies but more recently his passion has been to make cookies - particularly ones that taste like good old home baking. His first venture was Jafa Bites – a product he then featured on Dragons Den. Even though he didn’t find a sponsor he learnt a lot about business and being an entrepreneur. Earlier this year Andre noticed a lack of high quality cookies in New Zealand. So with an inventory of cookie recipes, a registered kitchen to work from and friends and family to test them on, Andre developed a range of top quality cookies made with all real high quality ingredients (e.g. real butter and not beef margarine). The end product turned out to be ginger cookies with real bits of ginger, Anzac cookies with chocolate chips, peanut brownies and garlic crostini using rice bran oil and real garlic. Andre’s Kitchen is currently retailing at Farrow Fresh and Market Kitchen (at the Auckland fish Market) and is looking for other outlets to take on his expanding range of top quality products. Look out for the re-sealable red bags with his smiling face. PN Contact: email@example.com
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