MEET THE TEAM BEHIND AUSTRALIA’S BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE
For the House of Nestar Founders Issy Bilal and Elizabeth Simaliak it has been a long and colorful journey that led them to create their highly popular brands. With a Degree in Business for Issy and one in Branding/Design for Elizabeth, they ran a boutique Design Firm managing luxury international brands.
Not long after the direction changed and Nestar was born in 2007, with great success in exports and sales in stores such as David Jones, their market entry was swift. After their chocolate supplier stopped supplying them raw product, they acquired their own full chocolate factory and Issy trained and became Nestar’s chocolate maker with Elizabeth as the chocolate loving brands creator.
Fast forward to 2011 when Elizabeth’s love of Animals and deep involvement with many orgs & charities, saw them first move into vegan chocolate, at a time when vegan chocolate tasted like bland cardboard. Issy set out to make the most delicious plantbased chocolates ever. It was Elizabeth’s dream for a number of years to have a fully Certified Vegan Factory and after the lengthy process of making the change in 2020 the House of Nestar became officially fully Australia Vegan Certified.
Back then, as their personal ethos and lifestyle evolved to a more conscious one, being vegetarian happened a long time ago, and a while back the full change to plant based diet was made and they never looked back. There was some things Elizabeth missed, like gels and honeycomb, so the challenge was on for Issy to make this not only available in plant based but deliciously tasting products finished in his signature Cocoa Dust. And that he did, with a large national following and many happy return customers, the House of Nestar is expanding into other plant based foods as we speak, stay tuned.
Though a die hard fashionista and style lover her biggest passion is animal welfare and inspiring as many people as possible to adopt a plant based diet for the animals and for our planet, she is very committed to give animals a voice and share their stories. She has worked as a guest speaker and extensively as a philanthropist through her brands, in particular with a 10 year connection to Animals Australia. She is also the brand creator and social media content maker for all their brands. a big die hard chocoholic as well.
With a background in Marketing and Business, Issy easily crossed over to his other passion, creating and making delicious chocolates & foods. Issy is Australia’s most exclusively experienced hand panner, he makes all Nestar chocolates in many large 100 year old solid copper pans and has pushed boundaries to create unique products customers are left wondering how he made that! His high energy and focus is driving him to create so much more that we cant wait to share with everyone!