2 May - By Robyn Sharpe
Chef, caterer and regional producer Caroline Bonnett is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to her enthusiasm for the Yorke Peninsula, and for her range of unique salt- and pepper-based products sold under the MBC Foods banner.
Having previously attended Tasting Australia as part of the Yorke Peninsula regional group, Caroline is this year flying a solo flag. As chairman of their community’s YP3 Group – referring to People, Product and Places, comprising local chefs and producers passionate about promoting their region – Caroline has enthusiastic energy that is impossible to ignore or resist.
Having established MBC Foods in 2005, Caroline is intensely focussed on growing and expanding her products’ reach into a broader market. “I have never lost sight of what I wanted to do to make a name for myself through my products,” explained Caroline. “I want to be a really good role model for my three children and to allow my husband Squizzy (Brian) Taylor to be able to chill out and relax a bit. So, over the next 10 years, my plan is to grow my business to be able to support my family.”
The MBC Foods stall at Tasting Australia’s Town Square, conveniently located beneath the CHARRED entranceway sign, not only shows off Caroline’s well-honed cooking and catering skills, but purposefully showcases her products within each dish. Salt and pepper prawns (using MBC Lemon & Garlic Coating) on paprika lentils ($16 a serve) is a tantalising combination of flavours and textures.
Caroline usually cooks on a barbecue but has cleverly devised twin grills made from 44-gallon drums to use in Town Square. While she designed the “fire drums”, her friends and neighbours Andy and Kevin made them a reality.
Impressed by the popularity of the fire drums and the stall, Caroline plans to reuse them. “I’ll be bringing my Town Square stall back home to Yorke Peninsula, to recreate the Charred vendor site at the Barley Stacks Winery Gourmet Day on Sunday July 2,” she said, forging a symbiotic link between Adelaide’s Town Square and the Yorke Peninsula.