Do You have a Sweet tooth ?
There are many Ghanaian food companies who offer quality delicasies. However few of them are like Cortez Treats who are a unique confectionary company providing you with everything to indulge your sweet tooth. Their creative cake and sweet designs are guaranteed to catch the eye and light up any special occasion.
Their mission is;
- To put an innovative spin on modern day classics
- To provide delectable treats for everyone to enjoy
- To create a homely atmosphere for everyone to feel welcome
- To provide a service that is second to none
Me Firi Ghana recently caught up with Vanessa Boadu aka Ms. Cortez the founder CEO of Cortez Treats. Who reveals her thoughts on Ghanaian food and culture as well as her future plans for the company. Check out the interview below;
Why/How did you decide to start Cortez Treats?
My passion for cakes and the way in which they can be crafted to form masterpieces firstly drew my attention. I started off baking as a hobby, yet I soon saw the potential to use my talent to provide a service. In short, to be able to create something, whilst enjoying what I do. Since then, the business has expanded to the extent that we now not only provide cakes for occasions, but we offer treats for corporate events, luncheons, galas and dinner parties.
Speaking of treats, what is your favourite food?
You might have to laugh at this one but my favourite food is pizza. I should have really said something like an exotic avocado and mango mix, yet I cannot pull away from a good old slice of dough, tomato sauce and lots of cheese (I guess it’s all about good taste and simplicity)
How sweet is your sweet tooth?
Incredibly sweet! I suppose I have used this to my advantage as it means I can forever try out new recipes and not treat the wonderful world of confectionery treats as a chore. I especially love creating carved cakes because I get to nibble on the shavings, but do not tell anyone that! Haha!
What is your favourite cake design you have personalised?
What a difficult question, so many cakes, so many designs. I find that each cake is individual to the clientele’s requirements and undoubtedly; I always try to add my own twist on their design to give it that authentic Cortez Treats feel. However, if I was forced to pick a winner, I would say the 4-tier navy blue wedding cake we created with a white rose cascade
How important is it for Ghanaian culture in the UK that Ghanaians establish their own businesses here?
I feel that for every nationality it is good to represent an aspect of their heritage. Ghanaians have an incredible sense of solidarity and it would be good to see more of that as Ghanaian entrepreneurs rise up and network effectively to produce businesses of longevity.
What do you love about the Ghanaian culture and what has motivated/led you to be involved with the WAM Campaign?
The Ghanaian culture is incredibly colourful and vibrant, yet humble and pure at the same time. Having volunteered with the WAM Campaign in the past, it was a pleasure to have met Ghanaians, and other nationalities alike that possess a deep-rooted allegiance of patriotism, focusing on advancing the country.
What are your future plans for Cortez treats?
There are so many great ideas that my phenomenal team and myself have planned for Cortez Treats. Let’s just say you might be seeing our name on a global scale very soon. Watch this space…
Any words of wisdom?
One thing I have learnt is that you have to be yourself. The market is saturated with people trying to make a name for themselves, yet individuality, focus and of course amazing tasting goodies will get you a long way!
How can people get in contact with you?
People can find, follow and share on our social media pages, as shown below.
For queries,orders, comments and reviews, we can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Final words from Vanessa –To all Ghanaians and the diaspora, I would like to say to keep being proud of your fantastic heritage, hospitable and friendly nature. Also, never forget the example and the inspiration provided by the great Cortez, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, whose tenacity,resilience and determination has changed and shaped the world. We’ve learnt to fight, win and demonstrate to the world that we are prepared to lay our foundation.
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)