Triple Success for Food Centre Jam Kitchen

Darren Marsh - Ludlow Food Centres Jams & Preserves Manager

Three handmade products from the Ludlow Food Centre jam kitchen have been awarded Gold in the 2008 Great Taste Awards, the prestigious annual honours for the fine food sector.

In a competition that received almost 4800 entries from producers all over the UK and Ireland, the high fruit Blackcurrant Jam picked up a two star Gold while the Thai Perry Pear Pickle and Mango Picnic Chutney each collected a one star Gold.

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, a Great Taste Award is the authoritative, independent standard for Britain’s fine food sector, with the recognisable black and gold logo acting as a benchmark for quality. Entries are blind tasted by 160 experts, split over five locations over 24 days, among whom this year were top chef Mark Hix, Market Kitchen’s Tom Parker-Bowles and Evening Standard food critic Charles Campion.

Darren Marsh is Head of the Jam Kitchen at Ludlow Food Centre, and has been with the company since the store opened 18 months ago. On learning of the triple win he said, ‘I’m really proud of everyone in my team as it takes more than one person to produce jams and pickles of this calibre. From our local fruit and vegetable growers through to the bottlers, these are truly local products bursting with flavour and we’re so glad to have been given this level of recognition from the Guild of Fine Foods.’

Charles Campion remarked, ‘This competition has really come of age and year by year the standard of entries gets higher and higher. To win a Gold at the Great Taste Awards is a terrific achievement.’

The jam, pickle and chutney are all available from the Ludlow Food Centre priced from £2.95

STOP PRESS: The Ludlow Food Centre jam kitchen needs more locally grown blackcurrants to keep up production of their award winning blackcurrant jam. If you think you can help, please contact Darren Marsh on 01584 856000.

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