Sarah is a young woman with a disability. She has always loved to bake and dreamed of qualifying as a pastry chef – a goal some felt was beyond her. But in 2011, thanks to some great teachers, lecturers and support people along the way, Sarah graduated with a Diploma in Patisserie from Auckland’s AUT.
With seed-funding from the Ministry of Social Development’s Disability Innovation Fund, Sarah and her parents set up Sarah’s Kitchen in 2012 specialising in finger-food styled catering and celebration cakes. Sarah hopes to expand her business and be able to offer other young people with a disability the chance to join her and work in the food industry.
Sarah’s products are hand made using only quality ingredients. Her business operates under a Food Safety Programme registered with the Ministry of Primary Industries, under the Food Act 1981.
In her first year Sarah made 30 Christmas cakes and 27 boxes of fruit mince tarts in just 4 weeks. Last year, she sold over 90 Christmas Cakes and 20 Christams puddings some of which she delivered to her friends at IHC in Wellington.
Since starting Sarah’s Kitchen she has regularly catered for conferences, workshops and training days run by Auckland Disability Law, CCS Disability Action the Human Rights Commission and other organisations within the Disability Sector, who have been major supporters. Earlier this year she catered for a High Tea for 100 put on by CCS Disability Action to celebrate International Women’s Day. More recently, Auckland Disabilty Law asked her to cater for the launch of their Shadow Report on the UNCRPD.
If you need a celebration cake, or a morning or afternoon tea, lunches or work functions catered for Sarah would love to hear from you.