Foodie fans! We need you! We’ve teamed up with Great Taste Award winners, Scarlett & Mustard to help find their next curd flavour, which will be entered in next year’s award show.
We caught up with co-founder Julian to find out more about their delicious range and why they want your vote.
QG: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Julian and I was a former Army Officer (Infantry, 15 years) and businessman – I built and ran a company selling outdoor toys for 10 years. I have a love of music and sport – rugby, cricket and bobsleighing. Sandy is a Mother and a businesswoman who has run a business teaching business leaders how to present and conduct themselves. She was also a PA to some very high-profile people in her early life. We got married six years, have five children and are both massive foodies.
QG: How did you get started in the food business?
Sandy was making her great-grandmother’s recipe dressing (oil free) in our kitchen in 2012 and her son Oliver (aged eleven) said we should sell it. He then set up a small table with some of the dressings outside the house (we lived next to a golf course), and came in two hours later with £76 in his pocket. We then started selling into local shops and the rest, as they say, is history….
QG: We love your name! How did you come up with it?
When we first met, I rang Sandy who lived down in Hampshire. Her daughter Chloe (then aged six) answered the phone and knowing that I lived in Suffolk and had been in the Army, shouted out “Mum, its Colonel Suffolk!” On picking up the phone, I said “no, it’s Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the revolver – is that Miss Scarlett in the Kitchen with the dagger?” It just stuck…..
QG: Can you tell us about the Great Taste Awards that you have won?
A total of 21 in the past four years – including one for every single curd we make (seven in total – or eight if you include one which we haven’t launched yet). It is all about the taste – and that comes from great ingredients. We only use the best free range eggs, butter and fruit and this, coupled with finding great combinations and great cooking is why they taste so good.
QG: Let’s talk curds! Why do you want QVC customers to get involved in the poll?
The best feedback we ever get is from our customers. Ultimately they are the litmus test of any product we put out there. So as well as making good products and getting good reaction, we thought we would try and take it a step further – ask the customer what they think about possible flavours and combinations .
Curds are becoming increasingly popular with the resurgence of cooking and in particular, baking. They are versatile and bring amazing flavours to food. As well as being delicious they are making a huge comeback on the UK culinary scene as an ingredient for cakes, puddings, desserts and all manner of baking products.
Time to vote! Simply choose from the list below, and the winner will be announced in next week’s (5th December) Andi Peters’ Food Fest at 7pm.