There can't be too many people who can say it was actor Tobey Maguire
who inspired them to open a business. But the vegan actor's liking for
the cooking of vegetarian chef Suzy Spoon was the catalyst for her
opening a vegetarian butcher shop.
Spoon has been cooking vegetarian and vegan food for more than 20
years and was Maguire's personal chef when he was recently in
Australia filming The Great Gatsby. After Maguire said he preferred
her products to other well-known brands, Spoon was inspired to start
Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher, with co-founder Chris Moses, who looks
after the financial and operations side of the business.
“I decided that there would be a lot of people cooking for Toby so if
he really liked my food then that meant other people would like my
products as well,” the Sydney chef says.
Spoon's opened in September in the inner-city suburb of Enmore. It is
Australia's only vegetarian butcher and in its short history has been
well-received by both walk-in customers and those ordering online.
“One customer drove down from Queensland specifically just to buy from
the shop,” Spoon says. “Then they turned around and drove back the
Spoon makes her fare on-site by hand; there is no machinery used. At
the moment she offers seven products, with the most popular being the
Sunday Sausages and the Vienna-style Schnitzel.
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