Published in Feast issue 43 – February 2020
Who are you and what do you do? I’m Katherine Green, owner of Katherine’s Kitchen. In November 2016 I decided to follow my passion for baking cakes and delicious savouries and became self employed – turning what I love into a business venture, developing and producing a range of high quality goodies.
Where are you based? My business is based in Great Moulton in South Norfolk where I live. I converted my garage into a commercial kitchen where everything is freshly baked daily. In 2020 I am looking to expand to offer pop up facilities, which has been a popular request from many customers.
How did you get started? I have always loved baking. Following my A-Levels and a four-month trip around the world, I took the opportunity to build my bakery skills through employment with local companies. Gradually, I began to develop my own cake range and seized the chance to sell my products at local fairs. This was the start of Katherine’s Kitchen.
Where did your passion for baking come from? Growing up on a farm, the kitchen has always been the heart of the house. Meal times are really important and I enjoy nothing more than creating delicious food for family and friends. Seeing people enjoy quality food drives my passion and a love for what I do. I am a real foodie, and love to try new cuisines and experiment with new recipes.
You cater for every occasion – can you describe some of the more unusual events? Since my business started, I have experienced going from local village fêtes to exhibiting at events like The Royal Norfolk Show which seemed an impossible ambition. Catering can lead to a variety of venues from great halls and barns to the middle of fields. Every event is unique and personal to the customer, which is what I love.
And it’s not just cakes? You bake savoury products too? Yes! I wanted to develop a savoury range as not everyone has a sweet tooth. Expanding has been a big hit at events. Our new ‘pig in blanket turnovers’ were a huge success at Christmas events.
You’re a regular at events – where can we find you next year? 2020 is already set to be a very busy year. You can find us at The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Reepham Food Festival, Diss Carnival, The Suffolk Show, The Royal Norfolk Show, Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival and many more.
Where do you deliver to? We currently deliver all over Norfolk and Suffolk. Through social media, local publicity and networking at events we have developed a wide following of customers and therefore try to meet requests for those less mobile or further away.
Do you use local ingredients, where possible? Supporting local businesses and working in collaboration with other local artisans is really important to me. We always strive to use locally sourced ingredients such as meat, eggs and cream all reared within Norfolk and Suffolk. I am proud to be a small business working in partnership with others so people can experience the wonderful tastes that locally produced food brings.
How has Proudly Norfolk been able to help you? Proudly Norfolk is a great organisation to be part of. I have received personal support as a new business and knowing that I can seek advice from an experienced team of people is fantastic.