In October 2015, I made the life-changing decision to leave a ten year career in the energy industry, and turn my focus to my young family and personal well-being. Once I’d escaped the stress of the “Commuter Mum” daily cycle, I was able to re-evaluate what I was truly passionate about – great food, cooking, the arts, poetry, but above all a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family.
I was determined to unite these passions in a way that would somehow make a difference, helping the many other parents and career-driven individuals who face the same pressures that I did.
With a dollop of chef’s instinct and a dash of improvisation, I created a range of sauces made from raw ingredients that encapsulate ‘cooking from scratch in a bottle’. I wanted the sauces to make serving healthy, tasty meals almost effortless – perfect for people who, like me, love food and being healthy but lack the time to always cook from scratch.
In February of 2016, I founded the Dressquerade Company, now known as The Saucy Affair - Raw Sauces, and I’ve been pouring my heart into it ever since.
My family is my inspiration, and the higly experienced tasting panel behind the scenes - Teriyaki Malarkey, Cucumber Blunder, and Beetroot Cahoot were inspired by my children, Smokey Cokey for my husband, Fiery Fiasco to meet Mum’s love for heat, and Tarragon Shenanigan for myself, as the first sauce I ever created…
I truly believe that dinner should be a delicious, delightful and tantalising performance every time!
A little theatricality around the table can really bring families together, and it’s our mission to make it effortlessly easy.
“The Saucy Affair - We're healthy in disguise… stunning in taste, a feast for your eyes!”
Personal note: As a working parent, it is easy to get lost in your 2 roles, the dress is ‘ME’ as an individual. Staying in touch with ‘ME’, makes me better at performing my roles.
Tanya - Founder
Having come from a background of luxury travel, food and wine marketing, I've always had a passion for social media, sharing experiences, capturing moments and engaging with fellow food and wine lovers.
This lead me to break away from the corporate world and work as a freelance social media professional, and it was during this time that I met Tanya, on LinkedIn to be precise!
As a father to a young child myself, I was fascinated by her approach to healthy eating for her children, through the conception of her very own healthy, raw sauces, getting her family to eat better, something I too wanted for my daughter.
Having then tasted them, I was hooked on their taste and versatility. Along with Tanya's message that cooking from scratch needn’t be time consuming, but fun, theatrical and above all, healthy, I was convinced this was a project I would love to get involved with.
18 months on, working on this brand and its approach to changing perceptions to home cooking is no longer a revelation, but a sentiment of affection and excitement, seeing it grow.