SCOTLAND’S youngest entrepreneur has won the support of one of the most successful to get her cooking business running.
Six-year-old Berliana McKenzie, from Inverness, is one of more than 100 young people in Scotland to have been granted £1,000 by The Hunter Foundation.
Businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter launched his foundation’s ‘100 Disrupters’ competition earlier this year, which awarded young people cash to turn their business dreams into reality.
Berliana came up with the plan to recreate a recipe that has been in her mother’s family for more than 100 years. The little chef will combine her father’s Scottish roots and her mother’s Indonesian heritage to create a special spicy hot sauce known as “Sambal”.
Berliana, whose name means ‘diamond’ in Indonesian, said: “I want to make my old family recipe for Sambal famous throughout the world.”
The business, which is named “Indo-Scotian Baby Berli’s Hot Sizzling Sambal” will be helped by dad Richard, from Caithness, and mum Novi from the Isle of Java, Indonesia.
Richard, 59, said: “My little girl is amazingly creative. Me and my wife often sit back and shake our heads because we are astounded by her.”
The grant will help Berliana buy equipment to make her jars of Sambal, which is made using a top secret concoction of spices, to sell to her neighbours before branching out to supermarkets.
Founder Sir Tom Hunter said: “We were very impressed by the many brilliant initiatives entered by young people in Scotland.”