Hortense Julienne, Founder & CEO of Miss Nang Treats, award winning artisan gourmet nuts & seeds snacks is our Sweet Talk for International Confectionery’s August issue.
If you could change anything in the industry what would it be? I would allow the rich diversity of cultures of the UK to be more visible in industry publication; mixed in and not separated.
What three traits define you? Curious eater, Food nutter. Set it on the road, then correct the course.
What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today? Plant-based food is being normalised. Reducing/removing meat and dairy pushes people to be more creative in search of textures.
How do you define success? Having been chronically ill half of my life, for me, success is finding happiness in what you do 60% of your time and learning to be content.
What made you want to work for the industry? I am a healthy eater and a creative. I see food in colours and shapes, then find what will give me what I have imagined along with the nutrients I need.
What would you most like to tell your 13-year-old self? Go on more trips and eat what you find. My palate is always looking to taste the next thing. Smell, tastes and textures. Food is fascinating.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Heston Blumenthal is the person I’d love to spend a day with. Just love how he plays with food.
What’s your favourite aspect about working in the industry? People are passionate about their chosen ingredients. Some love leeks, others potatoes skin or nuts and can talk about it for an hour straight. Passion.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received? ‘If you work as hard for yourself as you do for these people, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t succeed.’ A doorman called Patrick told me that as I was leaving my work place after 1am one night. I was an Events Manager then. One day, I’ll find him to thank him because it stuck.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? In five years, I’ll have many Cafettes and a nuts’ ministry. Nuts and seeds are gold mines of nutrients; people don’t value them enough, so I dress them like stars so they can be more appetising. The menu will be insane.
Image credit: Hortense Julienne
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