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Matthew Atkins is a professional chef and entrepreneur. He is the founder of The Hemp Pantry and creator of Veurre, the organic plant-based alternative to butter that is free from dairy, nut, 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, while sailing around the world. It was during this time that he started to develop his own products to cater to his vegan and dairy-free clients and their guests.
Determined to improve many of the early vegan recipes he prepared, he started researching and using more 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.
For six years, Matthew continually experimented, trialling various recipes and ingredients. One of his biggest challenges was that vegan cakes and pastries, including croissants, were dry and spoiled quickly. They needed a butter alternative, and that is when Veurre was born. By using Veurre, cakes and bakes had a better texture and kept fresher for longer.
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 it worked perfectly.
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 hemp cheese alternatives as well as sauces, oils, pesto, and hummus. There will also be confectionary, including fudge and shortbread, and a fine pastry range. As with Veurre, all these products will be free from dairy, soya and nuts and will not contain palm oil.