Waste not, want not
Victoria Madison has found a sustainable niche, transforming food waste into delectable delights.
The Food Design Institute has brought out a passion in me and given me the strength and focus to start this company. It’s given me a new shot at life.
Victoria Madison’s mantra is “Great Taste, No Waste”. While studying the Bachelor of Culinary Arts at Otago Polytechnic, she became fascinated with how much waste we produce in our culinary wanderings.
She started with ‘Compost Cookies’ using discarded by-products, like vegetable peels and fruit-juice pulp. She makes ricotta from the whey produced at the Evansdale Cheese Factory, flour from spent grains at Emerson’s Brewery, and sausage rolls from seconds spears at Palmerston Asparagus.
Why pay top dollar when you’re just going to put it through a mincer or a pulper?
Victoria’s next step is a line of liqueurs using windfall fruit from Central Otago, seconds berries and foraged botanicals. “I filter spring water through sapwood offcuts – so the flavour’s infused into the water”. ‘Branch Water Liqueurs’ will be launched early 2017.
Victoria is passionate about her business. “I couldn’t have done it without Otago Polytechnic. My study there was life changing.”
Victoria says other Otago Polytechnic students are also keen to see her succeed. “All my beautiful new branding is created by third year Design student, Rachael Kelso”.
“My studies at the Otago Polytechnic The Food Design Institute has brought out a passion in me, and given me the strength and focus to start this company. It’s given me a new shot at life.”