APPLECROSS resident Mette Nielsen’s crackers have proved a hit at the Hobart Royal Fine Food Awards and the Perth Royal Food Awards.
Mette is Baking’s Nordic Crackers and Gluten Free Nordic Crackers received four awards in total at Hobart and two medals in Perth.
The Danish born former chemical engineer started the company in 2015, although her love of cooking goes back a lot further.
“I’ve been baking since I was a little girl, my mum used to ring the store and tell them not to sell flour, sugar or eggs to me because my family didn’t need them and I’d just use them for baking,” she said.
“I’d bake anything from cakes to bread rolls.
“In 2015, my husband and I returned to Perth from an assignment in China and found that the industry was depressing; I didn’t want to flaunt my CV on the Terrace.
“As I always had a love of baking, I thought I’d give running a business a go.
“I didn’t have experience but I thought with my engineering background it might help because I’m quite organised.”
The process of how the crackers are created is kept secret, although Mrs Nielsen knows why they have become popular.
“I think the appeal of the crackers is that they are tasty and the feedback that we’ve got is that they are consistently good,” she said.
“I’m super proud of what we’ve achieved, the product has become popular and retailers are prepared to put us on their shelves.”
The crackers can be found at 40 stores around Perth, including The Good Grocer and Fresh Provisions Bicton.