Katan Kitchens is an innovative, health food enterprise that seeks to produce local, high quality SuperFoods in Ontario for the ‘Food for Health’ market. Founded in 2011, Katan has emerged as a leader in the research and development of quinoa in Ontario over the past three years. Katan was formed by Jamie Draves after a health crisis in 2007 that resulted in the loss of a third of his pancreas. From this, Jamie was forced to follow a very limited diet consisting of high-quality, nutritious foods. Many SuperFoods, in particular quinoa, were a key factor in regaining his health. Realizing the use of high quality foods as for improved health drove Jamie's passion and pursuit to form Katan Kitchens and demonstrate the value of SuperFoods to human health.
In 2011/12, Katan Kitchens, in collaboration with OSCIA and OMAFRA, demonstrated that quinoa and amaranth produced mature, viable seed on small acre plots in Southwestern Ontario. Katan has established a value chain for commercialization of quinoa in North America, with Letters of Intent from distributors and processors, and are currently building the equipment to process and clean local quinoa for North American consumption. Katan Kitchens has interest from over 100 growers to grow quinoa in Ontario. Katan Kitchens has recently hired new positions for production and value chain development and continue to expand as it commercially launches its newly developed Ontario Superfoods.
Katan Kitchens sister site, Quinta Quinoa represents a major step forward in the local research and development of Super Food crops in Ontario & North America.