Vicki Matchett, originally from New Zealand, first developed her love of food when she was about seven as she knelt on a stool to make sandwiches for the canteen where her grandmother was an industrial caterer. Being educated at Woodford House, Hawkes Bay, gave her a taste of rural life and, upon leaving school, Vicki studied agriculture. From there she traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa.

Returning to Auckland, Vicki completed the Cordon Bleu Cookery Certificate and was then accepted into Auckland Technical Institute to study for the City and Guilds Chefs Certificate. Upon completion, Vicki moved to Australia and worked in various establishments before running her own restaurant, "Rapps BYO" in Adelaide.

Upon realizing that Adelaideans have spacious properties and a love to entertain at home, Vicki came up with a formula to fill a huge gap in the market - exotic takeouts! ... the infamous "Queen of Tarts" on Hutt Street was born, where she made her name in the Food Industry and continues to do so 30+ years on.

Vicki is a renowned foodie and has had a high-profile involvement in the development of food networks in South Australia.  Vicki was the founding member of Flavour SA – Australia’s first food network (now FoodSA), has completed the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Scholarship in 2000 and is the 2016 recipient of the Food & Beverage Development Fund Scholarship.  Vicki also sits on the Fleurieu Food Board.

With extensive industry know how, Vicki considers herself more of a Yippy Gourmet Farmer these days living off her magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula property, drawing much inspiration from its unique location. 

Vicki’s ongoing inspiration within the food industry has allowed for her continual creative growth and subsequently release of her new ‘quirky’ Artisan range of sauces, chutneys and dressings - “Big Sissy Foods”, named in honour of her inspiring ‘Big’ Grandmother named ‘Sissy’ who was an Industrial Caterer.  
With her inventiveness, Vicki will continue creating a niche within a highly competitive industry, and strengthen her presence as an Artist that continues to hand craft high quality exclusive products and support local industry, using South Australian producers and businesses wherever possible. 

The new “Big Sissy Foods” range compliments Vicki’s already established “Matchett” products.  The complete award winning Artisan range is available every week at the Willunga Farmers Market or select fruiterers and independent grocers and here online with sales nationwide. 

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