Meet the Food Truck: MāoriMex

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When Covid hit and the world halted, chef Bronwyn Cowan sold everything she owned in Hawaii to take on Auckland in 2020. As a trained educational psychologist, she wanted to do something completely different as a career, so she purchased a food trailer and sold her burritos.

Maori Mex was born, integrating her Maori heritage. The traditional food she offers combines unique herbs and spices by incorporating her style. With slow-cooked meats, beans, Mexican rice, and salsa – everything is made from scratch.

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“My Mexican food has my own style as I use Molé as my base sauce instead of the traditional salsa.”

The logo of Maori Mex represents Cowan as a wahine toa and the guidance of her tipuna. As she continually challenges herself to find and test new ingredients and cooking methods, Cowan has goals to grow as a franchise with an amazing team. Cowan created a Mexican/Māori Pizza, which has proven to be very popular. 

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As the world has thrown many challenges, Cowan remains optimistic as she works through her second year in the business. She keeps busy by working at local markets, festivals, and events – catch all the places she will be next on her website.

Cowan emphasised the great opportunities that come with trying new things for others wanting to explore the food truck industry.

“Create a business plan and follow it. Have some quarterly and annual goals, and do your best to achieve them. Work with a mentor if you’re able, and don’t be afraid to try new things.”