Jam & Pickle Makers in Fine Form at Ludlow Food CentreA team of three jam and pickle makers at a local food producer are celebrating their win at this year’s Guild of Fine Foods ‘Great Taste Awards’.
The jam and pickle team at Ludlow Food Centre won awards in three categories at the prestigious event. Darren Marsh, Tess Slater and Pam Greenham won awards for their Red Pepper Relish and their Wild Whimberry Jam but the big winner was their Hand Cut Seville Marmalade which bagged them a ‘Best in Category’ for their Hand Cut Seville Marmalade.
In this year’s ‘Great Taste Awards’ there were 6000 products entered by 1300 food producers. 300 judges from all areas of the food industry including chefs, restaurant critics and food writers spent a great deal of time assessing each product in a blind tasting before announcing the winners. To win, and gain a prestigious award, the product had to be of the very highest standard and show the skills of the producer.
Darren Marsh, Head of the Jam and Pickle kitchen at the Food Centre says,
‘It’s great to be recognised at one of the country’s largest food competitions, and to win three awards is a dream. We all work really hard to make the most of region’s produce and the seasonal produce from abroad such as a the Seville oranges we use in our Marmalade’
Earlier in the year the Food Centre’s team picked up the ‘Gold Award’ at the World Marmalade Festival held in Penrith so their recent win at the ‘Great Taste Awards’ has confirmed them to be the best Marmalade makers around.
Darren adds,‘We only buy Seville oranges from a single co-operative in the area surrounding the city of Seville... by using the best quality oranges, adding sugar, water and lemon juice we keep all the fresh flavours in every jar’
The Food Centre’s team now supply other food retailers with their Marmalade, including Fortnum & Mason in London who have sold thousands of jars since first ordering the product in March. They have also started selling the product online and recently had an enquiry from California asking for a dozen jars! The enquiry came from a Professor Dobbs saying.
‘When I was in London I purchased a jar of your 2010 Hand Cut Seville Orange Marmalade; it is the best marmalade I have ever tasted. I wondered if it is for sale in the USA? If not, is it possible to ship to the USA.
Darren says,‘We can’t believe how popular our marmalade has been this year... we just hope that other products can take off in the same way’.