The team at Kincardine Kitchen are celebrating success this weekend after winning gold at the world’s most prestigious marmalade awards.
Kincardine Kitchen’s Seville Orange Marmalade received a gold award in the artisan category of the Dalemain World’s Original Marmalade Awards announced in Penrith on Saturday, 17 March. It is the third time that the Aberdeenshire marmalade, which is made in the traditional open pan style, has been awarded gold at the event which receives entries from across the globe.
The award-winning recipe is prepared by chefs Louisa Bradford and Rupert Holden at their base in Kincardine Castle on Royal Deeside. After many years working at some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants and top cookery schools, Louisa and Rupert moved to Royal Deeside in 2015 to cook for Kincardine Kitchen and run the in-house catering operation at Kincardine Castle.
They have cooked at many of Scotland’s great houses and enjoy working with the abundance of top quality ingredients that can be found in the North East of Scotland.
Kincardine Kitchen produces preserves, biscuits and snacks which it sells through local retailers and farmers markets in Aberdeenshire. The chefs also operate a pop-up cafe at Kincardine Castle on the first Friday of the month where visitors can dine in the splendour of the great hall and enjoy a walk in the gardens.
The Marmalade Awards were founded in 2005 with the aim of preserving, growing and widening the traditional British custom of making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a global following and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved in making their own marmalade.
Nicky Bradford, from Kincardine Kitchen, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won gold again. It’s always pleasing to know that someone else thinks you are doing a great job, and our jars of marmalade are really flying off the shelves which shows our customers think so too. We are very proud to be part of the huge resurgence in the food and drink industry in Aberdeenshire and are looking at new ways to build on our success.”
A range of products from Kincardine Kitchen, including the award-winning marmalade, is available to buy at outlets across Aberdeenshire including Kincardine O’Neil Village Stores, Finzean Farm Shop, Strachans of Royal Deeside and Banchory Farmers Market.