North West artisan food producer collaborates with two Michelin starred chef, Tom Kerridge

Lake District artisan food producer and family business, Hawkshead Relish, has collaborated with two Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, chef patron at the acclaimed Hand & Flowers, Marlow, to craft his first ever range of ketchups.

The range of products are free of any artificial colourings, flavourings, and preservatives, are gluten-free, nut-free and suitable for vegetarians. Most are also vegan friendly.

The Tom Kerridge range is no ordinary celebrity chef range, from the get-go, the idea was to create a range of professional quality products that would give home cooks the right tools to create great dishes at home. Tom wanted to do things a little differently from the norm. To work with British manufacturers, to marry his knowledge as a professional chef with the skills and experience of some of the UK’s leading artisan makers. To meet, discuss and share ideas and then to work together to bring those ideas to life.

The range includes:

Black Garlic Ketchup, made with crushed black garlic, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, spices and Anglesey Sea Salt. This ketchup is perfect with meat, chicken or as cheeky addition to casseroles and risottos, the ideal thing to add an extra depth of flavour.

Fruity Brown Sauce, a classic brown sauce made using a traditional base of dates with a carefully-balanced selection of spices and fruit – just the thing to bring out the flavours of a full English breakfast.

Chipotle Barbecue, a must for every home cook! This ketchup is a fresh take on a classic summer BBQ ketchup – glorious ripe tomatoes blended with a mix of savoury spices and chipotle chillies delivers a tangy sauce, delicious with ribs, chicken and chargrilled veggies.

Gherkin Ketchup is the only sauce of its kind on the market and has long been a staple in Tom’s menus. Perfect with steak, this ketchup is also a delicious accompaniment to a classic burger and chips.

Virgin Mary Ketchup is a take on the classic drink – this non-alcoholic tomato ketchup made with ripe tomatoes and celery has been combined with a carefully chosen selection of other fresh ingredients to create the perfect ketchup for any occasion.

Tom Kerridge commented: ”Ketchups and relishes bring an extra dimension to a simple home cooked dish and are a great way to add a twist to the plate. I have worked with a producer that understands the importance of provenance and quality and have developed five really unique ketchup flavours that share the same authentic, homemade taste as my restaurant sauces.”

Tom added: ”I was keen to bring some new and different flavours to the table, so I have worked on some exciting recipes that will really add something special to burgers, grills and sandwiches and can be used as a unique base for dips and salad dressings.”

Maria Whitehead, co-owner of Hawkshead Relish, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work with Tom. To have the opportunity to work with one of the UK’s top chefs on his first ready-to-eat range has been exciting and insightful. Knowing that Tom values artisan British makers is heartening, like him we have a real passion for what we do, for where we live and for the country in which we are fortunate to live. This project has given us an opportunity to showcase a little of what we do to a wider audience and we hope that we have the opportunity to collaborate with him again in the near future, especially as he will be closer to hand when he opens his first restaurant in Manchester later this year.”

The products can be purchased in store or online via www.tomkerridge.com 

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