Jess' Underground Kitchen

Gourmet everyday. Sounds too good to be true right? Meet Jess, of Jess’ Underground Kitchen, who would beg to differ.

Jess’ story started around her kitchen table. A friend was devouring one of her weeknight dinners and made a flippant comment: “I’d love to pay you to cook my meals during the week.” Jess thought this seemed like an interesting challenge!

JUK has come a long way since their first Thai green chicken curry back in February 2013, when customers used to pick up from the pink house in Ponsonby. It grew organically, by word of mouth… a delicious secret club.

It didn’t take long for Jess to realise that there was a gap in the market for freshly cooked, healthy convenience food. Jess never set out to fill it; she was just cooking the food she’d always cooked. 

Her week night dinners, but for hundreds instead of one.


With over four JUK Deli’s open around Auckland and multiple cookbooks under her belt, Jess’ next venture is a real game changer. JUK Gourmet Everyday is Jess’ latest range developed specifically with you in mind. People are busy and it’s hard to find the motivation to cook every single night. Jess still wanted customers to be able to make home cooked delicious meals in a matter of minutes, so made a range that customers can heat and eat. Brilliant!

Jess’ frozen favourites are handmade in small batches with real ingredients, just like you would make at home. They’re perfect for having on hand to pop in the oven, when you need something more nutritious and delicious than takeaways. Stock up and you’ll never go hungry again!

Frozen meals are just the start for JUK. They are an agile company with lots of new product ideas in play and a purpose-built commercial kitchen that is ready to be even busier! Keep an eye out for new JUK products and exciting things coming soon!