Mazí Mas is a social enterprise with four main aims:
- to provide women with an independent income;
- to develop women’s existing culinary skills in a professional setting, in order to give them the confidence, support, and practical experience necessary to start their own food businesses or gain employment in others;
- to reduce social isolation and foster community through collective enterprise; and
- to preserve women’s recipes and diverse cultural heritages, and celebrate these as what makes London unique.
Mazí Mas is inspired by Maria Maroulis, a Greek woman who lived in the United States for nearly twenty years. An extraordinary cook, her dream was to open her own bakery – but she was prevented from doing so by her husband, who had rigid ideas about what a woman ought and ought not to do. Maria’s warmth, generosity, and amazing food shape the ethos of Mazí Mas, as they do her dinner table.
Mazí Mas was founded by Nikandre Kopcke, a half-Greek, half-German gender specialist and chef. Nikandre gained her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE’s Gender Institute, and has worked with FoodCycle, social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, and eco chef Tom Hunt of Forgotten Feast. She is passionate about the rights of migrants and refugees, and is a volunteer advocate at the Hackney Migrant Centre.
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Rosie Hayes (Media & Communications Volunteer)
Rosie joined the Mazí Mas team in the summer of 2013. She hails from Newcastle upon Tyne and is currently in her third year studying BA Development Studies and Economics at SOAS, University of London. Rosie indulges her passion for feminism and migrant rights by volunteering with the Feminist Library and Hackney Migrant Centre
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Olivia (or Liv, as she likes to be called) joined the Mazí Mas team in October 2013, having just graduated from Oxford with a degree in English. She also volunteers at the Hackney Migrant Centre, is currently applying for a MA in Gender Studies (which she hopes to begin in September 2014) and is a self-identified amateur foodie. Contact Liv if you’re interested in Mazí Mas catering, you have a great suggestion for an event/location/collaboration or you would like to know what’s next on our events calendar.
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Alex joined the Mazí Mas team in October 2013. Alex is responsible for fundraising and employment support at Mazí Mas. Native of the most beautiful part of Brazil – Minas Gerais – he is currently studying BA Economics and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and hopes soon to cross England by foot.
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