Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

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Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman has been in the food business for a long time, both in restaurants and supplies.

The business is changing constantly, and staying on top of changes is one of the strategies behind her new shop, ChefSense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay, on Vancouver Island.

One trend she notes is new products that help cut down on waste, such as a straw from Germany that is edible, produced from apple pulp and wheat.

“It tastes like fruit leather,” she says. “It lasts in your drink for about an hour and 15 minutes, till it gets to the consistency so you can eat it.”

Other examples of these kinds of compostable or biodegradable products include straws made from corn or cutlery made out of sugar.

“There’s always new businesses popping up that are doing something different,” she says. “People are always looking for different alternatives.”

As evidence, she says after one month in business, not a single customer has asked for a foam product, and she has probably only given out two dozen bags because people bring their own.

“I really like that,” she says. “People are really with it here.”

These provide just a few examples of ways people are rethinking how they eat and cook, from the sources of their food to the implements they use to how they dispose of leftover waste.

“Things change in the industry. Everything is used. A lot of stuff in the kitchen is so versatile. People use it for more than just what it’s intended for,” she says.

Gellerman is putting together online shopping for customers in the near future (chefsense.ca), saying most chefs like to shop that way because they are busy people. ChefSense Supplies delivers three days a week to Campbell River and three days a week in the Comox Valley area.

Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/ChefSenseSupplies/



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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