Kurrajong Kitchen was honoured to receive the Patron’s Choice award at the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) in September this year.
“I was a little bit shaken and surprised – and very honoured,” Karen says of the moment she was presented the award. The Patron’s Choice award recognises organisations who contribute to the community and was presented by The Hon. Alan Cadman OAM.
“Receiving the Patron’s Choice award means so much to us because community involvement is a top priority for the Kurrajong Kitchen family,” she says. Regularly involved in local events, associations, markets and promotions, the Kurrajong Kitchen Lavosh range is well-known and well-loved across the region.
“We’ve raised our children here, it’s a very special place to us,” Karen says of the Hawkesbury. “As a family business, community is of upmost importance to us. We don’t see it as a customers and suppliers relationship, we see it as a family relationship.”
With humble beginnings in the Lebsanft family’s Kurrajong village restaurant, Kurrajong Kitchen has grown into a national brand. “My husband and myself were baking lavosh bread and serving it on cheese platters in our restaurant,” Karen explains and says that the customers began requesting the lavosh so often that they began packaging it and selling it from a basket at the door!
“We rolled into manufacturing by accident,” Karen says. 25 years later, the family run and owned company employs 55 people across 7 nationalities and continues to be based in the Hawkesbury. “We are very proud of the Kurrajong Kitchen family and of all that we’ve achieved together – and we are very proud to represent Australian manufacturing in Western Sydney.”