Matthew Atkins is a professional chef and the founder of The Hemp Pantry. He is the creator of Veurre®, the organic plant-based alternative to butter that is free from dairy, nuts, soya and palm oil.Matthew began his chef career at 16. As passionate about travelling as he is about cooking, at 19 he moved to Europe and worked as a chef in restaurants and hotels across the continent. After four successful years in mainland Europe, he then became a private chef on board luxury superyachts providing 6* service to some of the world’s most influential people. It was during this time that he started to develop his own products to cater to his discerning vegan and dairy-free clients and their guests.Determined to improve many of the early vegan recipes he prepared, he started researching and using unique ingredients in order to reach the level of excellence he wanted. Not being able to find suitable, high quality plant-based alternatives, he decided to create his own. Originally, Veurre® contained almond milk but Matthew wanted to make it free from all the major allergens so it could be used for his soya-free and nut-free clients. He switched the almond milk for hemp milk and the rest as they say is history!Hemp has numerous health and sustainability benefits, and Matthew decided to use it as a main ingredient in all of his plant-based products. He left the yachting industry and returned to the UK to perfect the Veurre® recipe for a further two years before launching The Hemp Pantry. Alongside its unique flagship butter alternative, Veurre®, The Hemp Pantry is developing both sweet and savoury snacks. As with Veurre®, all these products will be free from dairy, soya and nuts and will not contain palm oil.
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