Rosalind’s Larder in Middlesbrough’s Ladgate Ward beat off tough competition from across the UK to win a Star in the 2020 Great Taste Awards.
The business is run by Rosalind Waugh, from Marton Manor, who has turned her passion for locally-grown and home-produced jams, chutneys and preserves into a booming enterprise.
And her unique Blackberry, Pinot Noir and Liquorice Jam wowed the GTA judges, who praised the fruit’s ‘wonderful texture’, which they said was bursting with sweetness.
They continued: “The lovely fragrance of the blueberry is present with aromatic liquorice and warming anise blending to produce a really natural flavour.”
Having won Stars for the last three years, Rosalind is now allowed to use the Great Taste Producer badge on her products.
The Great Taste Awards were launched by the Guild of Fine Foods in 1994 and now attract more than 13,000 entries every year.
They’re open to businesses of all sizes, with judges tasting ‘blind’ to ensure the winners are chosen purely on merit.
Fending off competition from 12,777 entries, Rosalind won a Great Taste Award Star for two of her sweet preserves.
Rosalind said: “I put my heart and soul into creating my products and it gives me much joy knowing that my customers enjoy what I make. The Great Taste Awards are the icing on the cake, and an international recognition of quality. Thank you to all of you that have supported me throughout my journey.”
Ladgate Ward Labour Councillor, Craig Wright, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Rosalind is winning the awards she so richly deserves.
“I am a huge fan of everything Rosalind’s Larder produces!
“These small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and Covid has been difficult for them, so to see Rosalind’s Larder emerge from the pandemic and go from strength to strength is a tribute to her passion and talent.”