Gerrit Janssen ( Culinary Apprenticeship '16), Co-founder and Executive Chef
Two Calgary-based entrepreneurs began Dwarf Stars in 2018. Gerrit Janssen is a red seal chef with over 13 years experience in the culinary industry while Kathryn Kozody has a background in business and marketing.
The first product line looked like little space rocks (now discontinued). In brainstorming astrological terms they found Dwarf Stars. These are stars that don't look exactly like the other stars, or shine as bright, but still in their own right are classified as stars. The really cool thing is that Dwarf Stars can actually be incredibly powerful when pairs of them coalesce (or come together) - they can even create a supernova or large stellar explosion!
This metaphor reached beyond their quirky friendship, beautifully capturing the brand messaging, heart and soul behind the new endeavor. Dwarf Stars is a brand of inclusivity - that no matter what the outside looks like, what truly matters is on the inside.
That's why Dwarf Stars uses wholesome, natural ingredients like organic dry-roasted pumpkin seed butter and handmade chocolate made from ethically sourced cocoa mass and cocoa butter. All of their products are vegan, free from the top 10 food allergens with two sugar-free (keto-friendly) lines. Their better-for-you, award-winning product is also drool-worthy DEE-licious!