Galentine’s – Mexikings

Bringing the vibrant and vivacious spices of Mexico to the streets of London, Katrice is a woman on a mouth-watering mission. From a humanitarian background, Katrice took a brave and bold move delving into the unknown and opening her own food business, Mexikings. Her inspiring story proves that you can follow a passion, no matter what it is and when it is that you find it. Excelling in two very different industries, it is clear that Katrice is a woman of many talents and insight into two totally different worlds – this made us not only hungry for her story but also for her seriously delicious and authentic Mexican street food. Make sure you read to the end to find out where you can track down the flavours of Mexico right here in the capital!

Hi, Katrice! Can you tell us a bit about yourself? So who you are, what you do and how you got to your current position.

I am Katrice King, 32, a humanitarian, a food-lover and an entrepreneur. I created and now own a Mexican street food business, inspired by ancient Aztec ingredients and recipes. Meeting my Mexican partner opened up a fascinating unknown world of real, traditional Mexican food and culture, food I believe the UK has not truly experienced and I want to bring these unknown food gems to the foodie streets of London. Having travelled to every corner of the world through my previous career as a Humanitarian Water and Sanitation Engineer for several aid agencies, I have been struck by how food demonstrates centuries of history and culture, community and comfort. I want to bring the sense of community and humanity to the food Mexikings serves and the business that develops, with a built in commitment to supporting local and international charitable work through the profits Mexikings produces.

What has your biggest career challenge been to date and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I have faced has been the undertaking of humanitarian work in war zones, witnessing suffering and truly what horror means deeply affects your soul. Managing to continue the vital work of providing drinking water and sanitation to crisis affected communities in these extremely difficult environments has been my biggest challenge, as well as my greatest honour. I have always desired to live a life of meaningful purpose and supporting people in crisis has been fundamental to achieving that.

What’s your best piece of advice for someone starting out in business/thinking of starting their own business?

Starting a business is not for the faint hearted, choose something you have a passion for, gain support through family, friends or a team, as alone it is a lot tougher and ultimately unsustainable. Do not over invest, prove your concept before diving head first. We are going into challenging times, where knowledge is power, and understanding how your business can operate and thrive in a post-brexit environment is key. Lastly, listen to people, peers, experts, customers, do not be stubborn with an idea, adapt and you will find success.

What has been the most influential factor in your career?

What has driven me from a young age and burns like a fire in the soul is to undertake a purposeful life, to offer something unique to the world that maybe no one else, or few will. That drive has influenced all the decisions I have made throughout my career and has guided me down a path (not necessarily a straight path..) that has led me to the positions and, therefore, experience I am truly satisfied with. Always listen to your gut, it balances your head and your heart and tells you what will really make you happy.

What’s your top tip for managing a heavy workload and staying organised when things get hectic?
Always remember you are one person, you know you are good at your job, you will prioritise and produce enough in one day that is acceptable for what you are being paid for, have the confidence to not be pressured otherwise. A job is just a job, it will often not thank you for all of the hours you have sacrificed. You will regret missing those one-off life moments of a friend’s wedding or sister graduation, your personal life is fundamentally important, so don’t miss it. Finding a balance between a workload and spending time with friends and family, as well as your personal time, is the only way you will stay resilient, burnout will cost you, your family and what you have been working so hard on.

We understand that you make delicious, authentic Mexican food. For people reading are you able to suggest a must try dish from Mexikings?

Mexikings serves up truly traditional recipes and ingredients that the Aztec people used and ate, the stand out dish to try would be the Smokey Lamb Barbacoa, marinated in Mexican dried chillies, such as ancho, guajillo and chipotle, slow-cooked for 8 hours in banana leaf, served up with a mango habanero hot sauce, steamy rice, black beans, corn tortillas, guacamole and if you are feeling adventurous Grasshopper Chilli Salt!! A highly nutritious protein staple of the Aztecs. Find us at Victoria Park market on Sundays and KERB markets in Kings Cross and West India Quay in the week!

Okay, so we’re guessing your tummy is rumbling now too so look up where you can get your Mexikings fix here. Follow them on Instagram for more drool-worthy content and be sure to look up where your closest market is when you stay at one of our London Apex Hotels. Keep an eye out for the bright pink tent!

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