Jo-Ann Wolles

Kogarah, New South Wales

Indigenous chef, entrepreneur

Jo-Ann is a Wiradjuri woman who started her cooking career at age 14. During the past 20 years she has done everything from work at The Hilton to share a TV screen with seafood supremo Rick Stein. In 2014, Jo-Ann founded Goanna Hut – a catering business that promotes Indigenous food. Her ‘modern Koori fusion’ signature dishes include Davidson plum vanilla swirl ice-cream, emu sausage rolls, kangaroo red wine pies and bush tomato scones. She now wants to launch her Goanna Hut retail range with three Australian teas using native spices. This grant will help provide the ingredients, marketing and packaging to get Goanna Hut Bush Medicine Teas off the ground.