One day, left with too many tomatoes in the fridge, Chef Damo made Nan's Tomato Relish following his great Grandmother's recipe. He left a sign and the relish on his letterbox and to his surprise, the 5 bottles he left out was sold out!
This was how the business started. Customers loved the genuine and old-school taste of real relish. Production ramped up in the home kitchen and next you know, relish was flying off the shelves at the local markets. With the help of partner James, a tech wiz, Yokos.com.au was launched in 2020 ine the midst of lockdowns and self-isolation.
Yoko's Condiments stays true to the traditional methods of making delicious condiments but is also not afraid of experimenting and discovering new flavours. New flavours such as Green Tomato Relish is a modern twist to the traditional Tomato relish and the best selling Rodeo Chilli sauce has heavy sprinkles of James' Asian heritage.
Who is Yoko?
Determined, stubborn and a fussy eater, Yoko is a 9 years old Shih Tzu Maltese in charge of marketing, customer service and answering customer queries.
As an experienced Manager and bossy-boots, Yoko makes her human bed-warmers (Damo & James) chop all of the vegetables, cook all of the chutneys and set-up all the market stalls.
Meet the Founders
DAMO is a professional Chef and trained at Cairns International under a french master for his 4 year chef apprenticeship. He later crafted his career at Orpheus, Lizard and Green Island learning to use in season and fresh produce.
JAMES is a Chemical Engineer with a Commerce degree. James has exquisite tastes and does all of the quality control at Yokos.
James and Damo met in Toowoomba and Damo quickly discovered the way to James' heart is through his stomach, and also learnt of cultural cooking influences and flavours.
They moved to the the Tweed Shire in 2019 and established Yokos Condiments and Yokos General Store on Florence Street. Today Yokos Condiments are sold at various outlets up and down the Northern Rivers and are presented at a selection of independent Weekend markets.