Published: 08/07/2018 19:00 - Updated: 06/07/2018 11:15

Littlest chef launches the biggest plan

Written byNicole Webber


Berliana MacKenzie
Berliana MacKenzie (6) has won funding for her own business.

A PRIMARY pupil in Inverness will be launching her own business after winning a £1000 grant.

Berliana McKenzie (6) of Smithton Primary School will be using her cooking skills to recreate an old family recipe and sell a traditional hot sauce to the public.

Berliana’s mum Novi comes from Java, Indonesia, while her dad, Richard comes from the Highlands.

Berliana plans to honour her parentage with her own Indo-Scotion label that she will put on all her produce.

With the £1000 she has won she will buy kitchenware such as a mixer, 100 jars with lids and labels.

"I want to make my old family recipe for sambal throughout the world  and I know from good advice from my parents that it is best to start my business small and grow with success," she said.

Sambal is a hot sauce or paste that can be added to oriental dishes or European meals such as steaks or burgers.

All Berliana’s sauces will be made with fresh ingredients and only her close family are allowed to know the secret recipe.

She will start off by selling jars to neighbours in Smithton before moving on to nearby streets and eventually in supermarkets and online.

Berliana was the youngest of the 113 people to be awarded grants to "positively disrupt" Scotland.

The initiative was organised and funded by The Hunter Foundation (THF).

Sir Tom Hunter, founder of THF, originally intended to hand out 100 of the £1000 grants but was so impressed with the entrants he decided to extend it.

Her father Richard MacKenzie is incredibly proud of her achievement and is in the process of sorting the administration for Baby Berli’s Hot Sizzling Sambal.

"Berli had said to me before that she wanted to make a business, I thought of her when the advert looking for young entrepreneurs popped up online," he said.

"She has always loved being in the kitchen and wants to get stuck in with baking and cooking."

In Evanton, Rachael Bews has also been awarded £1000 to help her social enterprise.

She plans to help retailers to repurpose their surplus stock and create bespoke clothing parcels for female domestic abuse survivors, to help them rebuild their confidence.

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