and this is my blog on the science behind ice cream production
A bit of my background: I graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2007 with a degree in law and started law school in 2008. I quickly realised after the first day of law school that a career in law just wasn’t for me and so swiftly dropped out later that week. I packed my bags a few months later and headed to Cameroon where I volunteered as an English teacher. I found that I loved being in the classroom and so decided to complete a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) when I returned to the UK. I have since been incredibly fortunate enough to have taught in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Portugal, and Kuwait.
My second passion lies in food science and entrepreneurship. In 2011, I took my first step towards starting a food business by researching, and blogging about, the science behind ice cream production in my spare time whilst teaching in South Korea. I returned to the UK in 2017, after having spent 3 years working with the Kuwaiti Army, to start Rogue Artisan Ice Cream, a small-batch artisan ice cream company based in Manchester.
And that’s the story so far, feeeeeeeeeeeeew!
GREAT TASTE AWARDS
I won the GOLDEN FORK for the north of England at the Great Taste Awards 2018 where my Sicilian Bronte Pistachio Ice Cream was judged to be a top 18 product of 12,634 products entered. I’ve won a total of 8 GOLD STARS at the Great Taste Awards, including the highest award (3 GOLD STARS) for my Sicilian Bronte Pistachio Ice Cream, and for my Single-Origin Sumatran Coffee Ice Cream. Not bad for a self-taught ice cream chef.
WHAT ARE THE GREAT TASTE AWARDS?
Great Taste, founded in 1994 and organised by the Guild of Fine Food, has judged over 134,000 products in the last 24 years; each one has been blind-tasted by a team of judges who are dedicated to finding the most exquisite tasting food and drink regardless of branding or packaging. The panel of judges in 2018 included MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer Tom Hunt, author and chef Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger Izy Hossack, baker and recipe writer Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market. These esteemed palates together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2018 Supreme Champion.
Great Taste ratings
Top 18 product out of 12,634 products entered.
Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 3% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t leave the shop without buying it! Of the 12,634 products entered in 2018, only 192 were awarded 3 STARS.
Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating.A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year.
A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year.