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Dr Trang Duong-Kajaria (PhD.Food Science)

Trang-AM Team

As our in-house technical guru, Trang brings her passion for zero-waste and innovation to product development and quality assurance. Armed with her PhD in Food Science from Auckland University, she focuses on key aspects - nutrition, allergens, digestibility and packaging. Trang specialises in food processing which has shaped Amino Mantra ethos of minimally processing the ingredients to stay true to their nature. In her past career, Trang has worked with multinational FMCG companies which helped her to apply those skills while building Amino Mantra. Drawing from her Vietnamese roots, she brings her understanding of Asian palates and flavour profiles when we are working on developing new products. 

Pritesh Kajaria 
Pritesh-AM Team

Pritesh started out in Italian and French fine-dining kitchens before trying his hand at Mexican, Indian, Pan-Asian and Bakery. Having worked for more than a decade in the professional kitchen, he moved onto the insurance, finance and accounting industry. With past culinary knowledge, he is skilled at combining textures, bold flavours and minimally processed ingredients to create quick to cook meals. Pritesh manages customer service, sales, finance, strategy and he is overall jack of all trades. You will often see Pritesh at in-store tastings and farmers’ markets passionately talking about Amino Mantra.

Ash Gomes
Ash Gomes-AM Team

Brimming with novel ideas, Ash brings energy and unique perspective to the team. He has worked his way up the kitchen ladder from his first job at Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka to Head Chef at Lucky Buddha eatery in Auckland alongside gaining culinary qualifications from Auckland University of Technology. He stumbled upon nascent Amino Mantra while working in the neighbouring kitchen on his own food start-up. Ash jumped on board to help Amino Mantra team during their growth phase as they were struggling to keep up. Since then, as an Operations Manager, Ash has overseen Amino Mantra grow from a Farmers Market stall to supplying retailers like Farro Fresh stores, New World Stores, independent retailers and My Food Bag. He is often brainstorming to help Amino Mantra adapt to the changing landscape and reach future goals.

Natalie Robinson
Natalie-AM Team

Natalie has helped us understand our potential as entrepreneurs. She has supported our growth from 2 people with a crazy idea to a full on food manufacturing company supplying supermarkets. Natalie brings her unique perspective from a non-FMCG background which helps us see the overall bigger picture. She contributes her wealth of knowledge and experience to Amino Mantra finance, strategy, sales and marketing parts of the business. She is passionate about helping founders realize their potential and is often working late nights and weekends to support nascent start-ups through her company -  Mum’s Garage.