Founder Spotlight: Janine
G: Tell us a little bit about yourself! What got you to where you are today?
J: My name is Janine :) I grew up in a big family in the suburbs of Melbourne. Having three siblings close in age definitely helped shape me into who I am today. I moved to Tasmania for 6 years shortly after completing uni which helped develop my passion for high-quality delicious foods. Since I moved back to Melbourne, it feels like we have emerged as a big close family. Everyone is always about popping into our parents’ place - cooking, sharing ideas and having debates over dinner. The dinner table has really transformed into a place of bonding and connection for my family; this is especially the case since the pandemic.
G: Why create Goldi at this point in time?
J: I have an extreme passion for food and flavour. We also had growing demand from friends and family for our olive oil, so it just made sense.
G: What’s the most inspirational thing about food?
J: I love the transformational aspect of cooking. It always amazes what simple, quality ingredients can do to a dish. I really believe in enhancing and showcasing the seasonal produce on hand and have noticed that my dishes that get complimented on the most are the simplest.
G: What’s your favourite Goldi product and why?
J: Our Smooth EVOO - I am such a fan of fruity flavours and the buttery quality of Smooth stands out to me.
G: What aspect of healthy eating are you most passionate about?
J: It's the feeling we all know: that feeling of how great you feel after cooking and eating a nutritious meal that also happens to be delicious. You get the added benefits, all in one dish.
I think “flavour” is definitely having a moment and I’m all about it. I want people to not only eat their greens but love them.
G: What impact has healthy eating had on your and your family’s life?
J: We really enjoy the time together. I think healthy eating is not only about the food but also about deep listening. It’s important for us to sit down, hear about each other’s day and take a moment to appreciate our food and each other.
G: We understand you have a 2-year-old. Does he love Goldi olive oil? ;)
J: He does! Although I caught him putting blueberries in my bottle the other day when we were cooking. Not sure about that infusion haha.
G: Who are some people that inspire you (in or out of the food world) & why?
J: My mother is definitely my biggest cooking inspiration. She, too, has a passion for cooking and is always experimenting in the kitchen and trying new recipes. Her style is a blend of home cooking, a dash of gourmet and a strong emphasis on flavour.
G: What’s your favourite meal to cook at home?
J: I absolutely love fish, potatoes and greens. I appreciate the tasty balance of protein, carbs and greens (with a healthy dose of good fats, obviously). I cook this for my family at least once a week.
G: What are some inspiring movies, texts, books or podcasts that you have found to have a profound impact on how you view cooking and food and why?
J: I have been reading Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook Test Kitchen and am loving it. I value it when a chef crafts dishes with phenomenal flavour (which he does), yet he also goes into more detail on technique and tips to achieve restaurant-quality on staples, like hummus. I also am a fan of some of the chefs that go to the science and qualities and tricks of the trade. Salt Fat Heat Acid by Samin Nosrat is a classic example of this. She has also been podcasting which I have been thoroughly enjoying.
G: What impact do you hope Goldi makes on peoples’ lives?
J: Australia has some great produce!! I would love to educate people not only about the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil but also about the flavour that high-quality oil will add to any dish.
G: How do you incorporate Goldi products into your daily routine?
J: Goldi products are such a staple in my day-to-day; the oil gets used in every meal. I use my oil to roast or bake most of my meals. I also love drizzling it over my toast in the morning and greens at night.
G: What does a day in your kitchen look like?
J: It varies. If I have the time, I love experimenting with new recipes and cuts of meat. However, like many of us, I tend to have some go-to recipes that my family and I tend to gravitate towards and eat each week.
G: Why do you think women-led businesses are important?
J: I am loving this moment with so many emerging amazing women-led brands. It creates a better world for women and girls, provides opportunities and empowers a new generation of women who have typically been disadvantaged as leaders in the workplace. I believe this is something that will continue to be important as new businesses are created and I encourage consumers to consider that purchasing from women-led businesses is a tangible way to support equality.
G: If you could give a piece of advice to people today about food or healthy eating, what would it be?
Keep it simple. Simple, high-quality fresh ingredients will create the best flavour and deliver health benefits along with it.