A family in Australia’s New South Wales state of New South, has had a “bread and butter” relationship with home-cooked meals since they moved to Australia in the 1970s.
The family of five has been known to cook a wide variety of meals, including traditional family favourites like pork chops and chicken wings.
“We’ve never had to cook any food that was actually in the supermarket,” says Sophie Hines, the eldest of the Hines brothers, aged 30.
“There was no real supermarket food in Australia.”
So when the family moved to Sydney in 2012, they decided to start a local food business, called Aussie Bistro.
It now has about 30 employees, and they all cook in their kitchen in their own kitchen, and also sell their own products.
“It’s been a great experience, it’s helped us grow our business and help us make a living,” says Mr Hines.
“A lot of the other businesses we do, we try to work with local people, but we’re trying to do our best and not be beholden to a supermarket.”
Ms Hines and her husband, David, are not the only family that has been growing their business.
The Hines Brothers started their own restaurant and business in 2011, and their daughter Sophie has since been involved in managing their business as well.
“She’s been incredibly good at the business, but also she’s very supportive and a lot of that has come from us,” says Ms Hine.
“So, she really helps us out a lot.”
The Hides are now looking to expand their business and they are working on building a second restaurant in their home town of Wollongong, near Melbourne.
“The other businesses that we’ve built up are all very small,” says Hines’ husband.
I think we’re starting to get some support and I think that’s why we’re really excited about what’s coming next.”