BigMouth Funnels

Robin Bristow
Robin Bristow and the Big Mouth Funnel

Just before last Christmas I met a man named Robin Bristow at a Christmas party for bloggers on the Sunshine Coast. He is a local architect in Noosa who’s originally from South Africa.  When he moved to Australia he first lived in Sydney before packing it all in and moving to the wonderful Noosa community.

When Robin heard I was a food blogger, he had something to show me.  He opened is briefcase and pulled out these pieces of plastic, hooked the ends together and said, “here’s your funnel.”

I loved it! Better still, there are more than one size. The small one is perfect for filling a pepper grinder — and we all know how it is to chase the peppercorns all over the kitchen bench when trying to refill it. I know I have on more than one occasion but no more.  I use the large one for jam or chutney with no mess running down the sides of the jars.

I went home and did some research on Robin and it turns out that his funnel design is a real winner in every sense of the word. Not only did I love the funnels and the way they store flat and take almost no room at all in the drawer, he was a winner in the Sydney Design Awards for 2012.  This year he’s a finalist for the 2013 Australian International Design Award.  If you don’t have a set of these funnels, you’re missing out.

The funnel idea came about because Robin is a fierce cook (chicken wings are his favourite, by the way) and he makes a lot of homemade jams and chutneys and was making a mess all over the counter top when bottling. He started by cutting an ice cream container top and liked it so much that manufacturing them seemed like the logical next step.  He sells the funnels through gift shops around Australia or through his website at www.bigmouthfunnels.com.

I love that Robin has stayed local in his manufacturing. A company in Noosa makes them so the funnels are designed and produced right here on the Sunshine Coast.  Supporting local suppliers keeps the money local.

Big Mouth Funnels

When Robin heard I was going to be on a panel at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival he wanted me to know that he’s going to be there too and sent along this poster.

Big Mouth Funnels at Noosa International Food and Wine Show

If you’re at the festival May 17-19 you’ll be able to meet Robin and see the funnels and decide if they are right for you.  The funnels are only $9.95 and they are perfect in the kitchen of anyone who likes to eat.

You can like Big Mouth Funnels on Facebook or visit www.bigmouthfunnels.com or visit Robin’s Robin Bristow Architecture and he’ll design you a winner of a home.