Matthew’s Preserves is among the Great Taste winners of 2019 and one of its products been awarded a three-star Great Taste award, the highest prize on offer. The local producer’s Spicy Pineapple Chutney was judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists. Matthew Slaughter is managing director at Matthew’s Preserves.
Matthew started his company in 2019 to coincide with the awards, so he could enter his Spicy Pineapple Chutney. He was quite simply overwhelmed with the three stars. As a new company, he plans to use his Great Taste three stars to get his products into local, regional and possibly nationwide shops. Matthew says, “Not only have I received this important accolade, I have received two nominations for Golden Fork Awards, one for my chutney, the other for my business”
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.
Other products available are spicy mango and spicy banana, as well as non-spicy versions. The full range consists of lemon curd, blackcurrant, quince and raspberry jams, crab apple jelly and three-fruit marmalade, all labelled with drawings by his sister Liz Thomas, an art teacher in Burton.