My name is Lisa Richards, and I am the owner and chef at Knutsford Gourmet.
I trained as a chef here in Perth and at that time was incredibly fortunate to collaborate with some amazing chefs and mentors that gave me the drive, encouragement and confidence to get to where I did in my career over the years.
When I was 21, I packed my bags and moved to London for the experience of a lifetime and to start my career with Harvey Nicholas at the Oxo Tower. In four years, I worked hard to make my way up the ladder from commis chef to Chef Tournant, until I was headhunted to join the team in Manchester’s new Harvey Nichols Fine Dining Restaurant as sous chef.
Having overflowed with experiences such as a new restaurant set up, moving from brasserie to fine dining, those four years were amazing and overwhelming. I loved all of it. I came back to Perth with an ignited passion for food and the food scene in Australia.
Once home, I took on the role of senior sous chef at Vans Café in Cottesloe, cooking amazing Modern Australian and Asian inspired foods for a year, at which point I progressed to Head Chef.
Although brief, my career as a head chef before I became a mum was a turning point for me believing that what I have achieved, done, and seen over my years in a kitchen got me here and I can accomplish anything!
I stayed in the kitchen for as long as I could until my pregnant belly just got in the way.
I then became a stay-at-home mum, and fancy food and dedication in the kitchen really took a back seat to my everyday life and needs of our new family. Mealtimes became the easiest and quickest thing to get on the table, even if it meant serving the same meal every night or everyone’s favourite, leftovers!
Living in North Perth I loved to visit our local Kyilla Farmers Market early on a Saturday morning to get that little touch of heaven again, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread baked that morning, fish as fresh as it gets, the smell of coffee in the air and cheese, and definitely not forgetting about the cheese….
Buying my cheese on a regular basis from Le Grand Fromage, I asked him one day if he sold biscuits.
“No….” he said, “…but I was thinking of stocking them.” To which I replied: “I can make you some, if you’d like? I’ll bring you some samples”
On the eve of my first market in August 2014, I found myself at the kitchen table still packing biscuits and preparing for the market at 1am.
Since then Knutsford Gourmet has grown from a small hobby to a business of pleasure. Supplying biscuits, crackers and pastes to families, cheese lovers and amazing communities of people for everyday use, birthdays, gifts, hampers and all manners of celebration, which call for cheese.