planted in the 1940's, the mount zero olive grove is one of the oldest olive groves in australia.
a total of 6000 spanish manzanilla and gordal olive trees line the base of the grampians most northern summit of mount zero. the farm practices biodynamic farming techniques and has the international demeter certificate. the grove is self-sustaining in its farming practices feeding the trees directly from the soil humus rather than chemical inputs and its energy supply is sourced from off-grid wind and solar generators.
jane and neil seymour purchased a rundown olive grove at the bottom of a mountain in 1993 with dreams of a simpler life. the grove was in such disrepair that the first commercially sold olives and olive oil were not produced until 1996.
jane and neil's son, richard, joined the business in 2005, looking after distribution and brand management from the mount zero warehouse in melbourne's west.
their collaboration and a drive for innovative, quality produce has fuelled the seymours and the mount zero brand in becoming one of victoria's great food stories. jones the grocer exclusively stocks mount zero across selected stores and on www.jonesthegrocer.com
younes khazour was born and raised in france, beginning his chef pâtissier career in the loire valley.
after meeting his wife kate, he followed her to melbourne in 2004 where he then worked with the likes of shannon bennett (vue de monde), gary cooper (bella vedere) and andrew mcconnell (cutler & co). after sixteen years of working in the industry at the peak of gastronomic and hatted restaurants, asterisk kitchen was born.
in october 2012, kate and younes started from what was no more than a home kitchen testing sweet cakes at the local market, along the banks of the yarra river in warrandyte, melbourne, australia.
since those early days younes has moved asterisk kitchen to croydon in melbourne and continues to research and develop products that aim to reflect french elegance, fine dining and a deep philosophy for good food made with love, passion and incredible natural ingredients. jones the grocer exclusively stocks asterisk kitchen across selected stores and on www.jonesthegrocer.com