Husband-and-wife team realise ambition of running own business with Fork Kitchen and Deli in Hadleigh
Facing redundancy from their jobs in the hotel industry, following the coronavirus lockdown, husband-and-wife team Justin and Kairi Kett decided it was time to pursue their long-held ambition to run their own business.
The result is Fork Kitchen and Deli, a new outlet in Hadleigh High Street, provisionally targeted to open in early November.
The shop will sell food products under its own independent brand, Fork, including chutneys, jams, pickles, cheeses, cured meats, pastas and ice creams, all of which will be produced on site.
Justin, head chef of The Swan in Lavenham for nine years and a former executive chef for The Hotel Folk group, said the venture is a great opportunity to try something new and offer something they feel is unlike anything else locally.
“We’ve always wanted to have our own business,” he told the Free Press. “We thought, ‘if we don’t do it now, when’, so we decided to take the risk.
“Hadleigh has been our home for 10 years. It’s a lovely and beautiful town and there is nothing like this on the High Street.
“We make everything on site ourselves. When people walk in, they will be able to see us working on the things they’re about to buy.”
Subject to Covid-19 regulations, Fork Kitchen and Deli intends to eventually offer cookery classes for different age groups, as well as expand into providing outside catering in the future.
Justin acknowledged the pandemic makes it a tough time to start a new business, but added that they are following all of the safety requirements and remain positive about meeting the challenge.
“It’s a pretty grim situation out there, but we just have to follow the legislation and make the best of the circumstances,” he said.
“There will be social distancing in the shop, and we’ll be wearing visors, because we want to see and interact with our customers. We want to greet people with a smile.
“We’re learning every day. It’s challenging, but it’s one that we face with a smile.”