In December of 2015, our co-founder Bree Gaudette definitely had a problem. Among the few available vegan cheeses, she couldn't find anything that tasted like the dairy cheeses she remembered eating whilst growing up. This led Bree right back into her own kitchen.
With no formal training (just a lot of heart), she had a crack at making them herself. After countless experiments at home and learning her way around a commercial kitchen at work, Bree finally had a product that she was proud of, and ready to sell.
Enter Matthew Ronalds, who at the time was a practicing Massage Therapist/Yoga Teacher. Bree worked on the copy and social content for their products, and Matthew worked out how to make it all into a viable business. They further developed the recipes, and learned heaps about starches, binders, and proteins. They didn’t sleep much.
In the summer of 2018, Hello Friend Foods was born. A company whose mission is to create delicious and high quality alternatives to traditionally animal based foods.
Bree and Matthew tested the waters by releasing their Fresh Mozzarella to the receptive Melbourne vegan community. The word spread, and it was good. Heartened, they went back into the kitchen and came out with Australia’s first vegan Haloumi, which launched in April 2018. After that came a Brie In Puff Pastry, Havarti, and Cheese Sauce.
Since then they’ve been supplying vegans and non-vegans alike with their hand made cheeses. They believe that inclusivity is essential to sharing and learning, so whatever your eating habits, you’re welcome at Hello Friend Foods.
Feel free to reach out and say hello, they’d love to hear from you. x
Recipe Creation, Social Media Management, Content
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