For September we were very excited to be showcasing the award winning Cotswold producer, Artisan Kitchen and their truly scrumptuious jams and preserves. We spoke to founder, owner and producer Sarah Churchill about what's happening over at Artisan Kitchen HQ and what she loves about the Cotswolds...
In three words describe your business
Delicious handcrafted preserves
What do you love most about the Cotswolds
The rich diversity of local ingredients is amazing. I have met incredible growers & farmers since starting the business and love working with a trusted fantastic network of passionate local foodies.
What or who inspired you to start up your business
A love of preserving, boundless creativity from wonderful produce and inspiration from a forlorn Gloucester Mirabelle plum tree in a neighbour's front garden that was unused and unloved - I swapped some jam for Mirabelles and one truly local batch of jam later the Artisan Kitchen had begun.
What's your favourite product within your range
I love the lemon & vanilla vodka marmalade it's tart yet sweet with a kick of alcohol, but the Gloucestershire Blaisdon Red Plum Jam is wonderfully Fruity & fragrant - the perfect breakfast treat.
How do you go about sourcing your ingredients
I have a mixed sourcing policy - local fruit when in season and abundant, some foraged fruit topped up with quality imported fruit like the beautiful organic Sicilian blood oranges I used this year for our Blood Orange Marmalade.
What's your top kitchen tip
Buy the best quality ingredients you can and have a great set of sharp knives.
When you're not creating delicious jams and preserves what do you like to get up to
Time well spent with the family and our dog.
What's been your favourite food/drink experience in the Cotswolds
I love the Inn at Fossebridge, they have the full package - great food & drink, the most amazing gardens with a lake, they're family and dog friendly and offer great service. We take family and friends there and have always had a great meal.
Who would be your ideal four dinner guests
My former boss and chef Philip Howard, Banksy, David Bowie and Quentin Tarantino would be a surreal but entertaining mix!
What exciting things do you have planned for Artisan Kitchen this coming year
Lots more flavours being added to the range and we have some really exciting news and plans being announced mid September - keep an eye out via the website. Plus I am keen to grow the export side of Artisan further in 2014/15.
For more information about Artisan Kitchen visit their website www.theartisankitchen.co.uk