Awards

Great British Food Awards Savoury Preserves Category

Our Spicy Pineapple Chutney became our first multiple award winner by winning The Great British Food Awards Savoury Preserves Category.

Rosie Birket esteemed food writer, stylist and broadcaster, known for her monthly columns in The Sunday Times and the BBC Good Food Magazine, stated:

“This chutney is absolutely delicious. It’s incredibly well-balanced, with the sweet acidity of the pineapple working beautifully against the fragrant pops of the whole spices. Every mouthful is zealous, hitting your tastebuds with the flavours of fenugreek, nigella and cumin. I can’t wait to make a cheese toastie with this. So gorgeous. I’ll also use it on the side of curries and stirred into mayonnaise to have with chips and fish.”

Great Taste Three-star Spicy Mango Chutney

Much to our delight, our Spicy Mango Chutney followed suit from last years success to give the business its second three-star accolade in the Great Taste Awards. Who said lightning doesn’t strike twice!

The Judges comments included:

Glossy looking chutney, there are bright spices dancing through this. Very well-judged heat which is present but doesn’t overwhelm. The chutney a very moreish quality due to the clever blend of spices which unfold as you taste it. Cleverly crafted. We would seek this product out. 

“A wonderful natural sweetness of caramelised onions is followed by a whoosh of spice and flavours, crunch and popping of seeds. A very well-balanced chutney with subtle acidity from the vinegar which marries perfectly with the sweetness and spices. Well-crafted and delicious.”

“Rich looking chutney with a pungent aroma. A real wow in terms of flavour, beautifully balanced and exciting.”

“This is an exceptional chutney, full of flavour and interesting textures. We love the variety of spices and the way some retain a fresh crunch. The fruit is zingy and we felt it absolutely delivered a taste of India.”

Great Taste Golden Fork Winner

It was an idea that my partner Lisa (now wife) came up with to try and give me some direction. This was then championed by my sisters and mum but something inside of me said no and I resisted, clearly not ready.

My preserves were the one thing in that year of despair that I still managed to do. It gave me something to do on those endless days sitting at home. It also allowed me start creating and it’s when I first penned my chutney creations having previously just thrown ingredients in. The Spicy Pineapple Chutney recipe was created which gave me something I was proud of when before there was just self loathing and hate.

It wasn’t until early October 2018 when I was sitting in the Jobcentre signing on, that I saw a poster of Levi Roots behind the administrator, championing the New Enterprise Allowance. Remembering what was said about selling my preserves, I thought Sod it, let me have a go at this then, I have nothing to lose, and Matthew’s Preserves was born!

Great Taste Three-star Spicy Pineapple Chutney

It was an idea that my partner Lisa (now wife) came up with to try and give me some direction. This was then championed by my sisters and mum but something inside of me said no and I resisted, clearly not ready.

My preserves were the one thing in that year of despair that I still managed to do. It gave me something to do on those endless days sitting at home. It also allowed me start creating and it’s when I first penned my chutney creations having previously just thrown ingredients in. The Spicy Pineapple Chutney recipe was created which gave me something I was proud of when before there was just self loathing and hate.

It wasn’t until early October 2018 when I was sitting in the Jobcentre signing on, that I saw a poster of Levi Roots behind the administrator, championing the New Enterprise Allowance. Remembering what was said about selling my preserves, I thought Sod it, let me have a go at this then, I have nothing to lose, and Matthew’s Preserves was born!