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Top award for Perthshire chef's 'exquisite' new marmalade

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 Industry news

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Chef Paul Newman of Errichel House & Restaurant has been awarded 'Great Taste's' highest honour, the triple star, after creating a new marmalade including Mango puree and Rose petals alongside the more traditional seville oranges.

Paul's 'Seville Orange, Mango, and Rose Marmalade' joins only 3% of entered products, which are deemed 'Exquisite' by the panel of judges at Great Taste – Britain's largest and most respected awarding body for fine food and drink.

Jams and preserves are created in the kitchens at Errichel, a working rare-breeds farm that also welcomes guests to dine and stay, against a sweeping backdrop of views across the Tay valley. As of 2020, visitors can purchase their favourites in a new Deli, occupying the farm's original beamed kitchen. A full range of homemade jams and preserves are offered, including previous award-winners such as Kumquat and chilli chutney, and Lemon curd.

Increased production of the new marmalade is now underway to ensure there is enough stock to meet demand, following big spikes in sales of previously awarded preserves and other Errichel  products. Great Taste's official advice to consumers considering purchasing a 3-star awarded product is 'don't leave the shop without it', and the venue anticipates a high volume of purchasers both in-store and online in the countdown to Christmas.

Chef Patron Paul Newman said: 'We're blown away to have achieved a triple-starred Great Taste award for preserves once more. When creating any new food product, it's important to innovate, yet keep great taste at front of mind, to give each product a broad appeal. I'm delighted that the judges agree we've hit a winning formula here.'

Great Taste judges' notes included the following: 'From the moment you open the jar, you know this is going to be a treat. This combination of fruit is an interesting one for marmalade, and the rose promises to lend distinctive floral notes...The flavours are layered and complex, and the finish is aromatic, fruity and has just the right amount of bitterness. It is unusual, and skilfully made.'

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