In 1992 Jorge Calisto opened Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant in Turffontein where he manufactured all his own sauces, spices and marinades on a small scale.
Already from the early days, the Calisto’s table peri-peri was a huge hit. Over and above the growing popularity of the restaurant, chilli lovers from all corners of Gauteng would come in to take home with them a tub of the irresistible ‘Portuguese Jam’.
In 2010, after enjoying nearly two decades of hard work and the following success, Jorge was approached with the concept to franchise Calisto’s. With the excitement of a new vision, he began Senhora Sauce Kitchen, or affectionately known as The Sauce Kitchen, where he began manufacturing sauces for the franchises to ensure a standardised product was used.
In 2012 Jorge purchased a small house behind his restaurant which was converted into a sauce ‘factory’. This is where Jorge spent countless hours and sleepless nights, honing and perfecting his sauce craft. Four years later, Senhora Sauce Kitchen had outgrown the small make-shift facility and a factory was purchased. The Sauce Kitchen has grown from strength to strength, with new lines being introduced regularly, as well as a spice range.
“There has been significant overseas interest in our sauces and it is our ambition to cater for both local and international markets. We believe our products to be the very best of the very finest available, made with love and passion and we hope to explore the retail sector on a larger scale. With a product range of such outstanding appeal, there is no reason why the Senhora sauces can’t become a must-have item in every fridge in South Africa, and who knows, maybe even the world,” said Jorge.
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