Every journey you take in life happens for a reason & sometimes takes you to what you are meant to do. Kat exudes the passion for Hummus. In the year that she’s been in England she’s gone from being homeless to setting up her own business in what she’s passionate in. Her journey shows that persistence does pay off & kindness are everywhere. Have a read of a little about her journey in the interview.
Please introduce yourself.
How did your journey start?
I’m Polish and I’ve spent most of my life in Poland. I always loved food and at the age of 15 I started my own little business as a food photographer. It went quite well, however at one point I decided that I wanted to learn to cook, and go to university. In my first year of journalism I began writing articles for a well-known chef’s website in Poland. One of the chefs offered me job at his hotel, and through him I got my experience and eventually thought I am ready to open a bigger business. What can I say now… I failed, quite badly. Lost all my money and became homeless. Without much prospects and a hurt ego I decided to go travelling without money, hitchhiking everywhere in Europe. I spent three months like that.
How did being homeless impact on you?
It was hard in the beginning but I met so many lovely people who helped me out. I started enjoying my life, learning and trying to find my own way for the future. Trying to change.
What inspired you to do that?
Somehow I came to Sheffield to visit people I didn’t really know. I fell in love with the city straight away. My new friend, who was so kind to me, offered me a room for the summer time at his house. His kindness gave me the motivation to try harder. I found out by accident about the princes trust and they help me to organise my business structure and money. They were really great. Now, a year later, my business is still running and people seem to love hummus!
Sounds great! But what is hummus? And is it healthy?
Hummus is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. In my product I do not use any additives or preservatives. It is the first product like that on the market. It costs little bit more to manufacture but it’s worth it. I can sleep well knowing my customers are giving a perfectly healthy and nutritious product to their children, which is also good for them. Hummus is a very interesting food; low in calories and sugar and high in protein. It is also vegan and gluten free so almost anyone can enjoy it and benefit from it as well. I think that’s why I’ve been so interested in learning more about it. Hummus is still definitely underestimated in England.
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