Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Aussie projects in Catalonia: THE KANGAROO KITCHEN

Another interview to an Aussie who has started a project in Catalonia. She is Lauren Cahill, co-founder of THE KANGAROO KITCHEN, a cooking school for children in English.

When did you come to Catalonia?

St Joan's Day June 24th 2011

Do you know more Aussies living here?

Yes, one! My friend & business partner Bree.

What is your project about?

I co-own & manage a cooking school for children in English called The Kangaroo Kitchen. We hold regular weekly classes in a private restaurant, for children aged between 5-14 years. It is a fun, interactive class where we cook food from different countries and learn about that countries' culture, environment, animals, food etc.

Was it difficult to get started?

Not really. The biggest hurdle for me personally is my limited fluency in both Spanish & Catalan, but I am learning quickly and Bree speaks fluent Spanish & Catalan! We have had hurdles to jump in trying to understand how to reach people (in particular busy working parents) here. We've really had to rethink the consumer behaviour strategy we initially thought would work.

All start up's take an enormous amount of work but compared to the stress and hours I experienced from my previous corporate jobs, so far I am really loving this project. Who wouldn't love baking delicious recipes with a group of happy & hungry kids!

Are you optimistic about the future of your project?

Absolutely! Despite the economic hardships right now, there is both room for growth and a high demand for children to learn English in a non-pressured environment. Coincidently, Catalunya is only just seeing the start of the global baking craze so it's a good time for us to enter the market. The response so far from the kids & parents to our classes has been encouraging so we are happy

Thank you!!

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