A Mirabelle plum tree, that year after year would shed its wonderful fragrant fruit on the pavement with no takers, provided the inspiration and catalyst for Sarah Churchill to set up her business The Artisan Kitchen. Sarah approached the owner of the tree to see if he would like to swap his fruit for some preserves and one truly local batch of jam later, The Artisan Kitchen was born. A trained chef and passionate food lover, Sarah set up Artisan in Gloucester just over five years ago, making delicious award winning preserves, marmalades, pickles and chutneys in a big copper pot bubbling away at the heart of her Gloucestershire kitchen. Sarah uses local fruit wherever possible and regularly forages in late summer for apples, wild plums, wild blackberries, rosehips and sloes.
On 5 September, Sarah was awarded with ‘Ambient Product of the Year’ at the Great Taste Awards hosted by Guild of Food Writers for her Seville Orange Marmalade. A traditional, old-style preserve made using only the finest Seville oranges, sugar and water. Sarah Churchill makes her fine cut marmalade entirely by hand. The process takes three days to ensure the preserve takes on the full flavour of the oranges. Great Taste judges described this as “the marmalade to bring marmalade back”. Recognised as a stamp of excellence, Great Taste values taste above all else.