Pie and pudding make the grade at county food awards

Pamela Grattan and Nick Hartwell from Elliotts Kitchen with their awards and their award-winning cold eating chicken and ham pie and sticky toffee pudding.
Pamela Grattan and Nick Hartwell from Elliotts Kitchen with their awards and their award-winning cold eating chicken and ham pie and sticky toffee pudding.

It’s official – Elliotts Kitchen in Towcester has the best chicken and ham pie in Northants.

The firm scooped the Artisan Local Product of the Year title at the recent Carlsberg UK Northants Food and Drink Awards with its Cold Eating Chicken and Ham Pie.

It was a double success for the business with its sticky toffee pudding coming runner-up in the same category.

Director Pamela Grattan said: “We do a range of ready meals using meat from our butchers and we do a traditional pork pie and chicken and ham pie as well as a lot of puddings and desserts. We are making Christmas puddings at the moment.

“I have developed a range of recipes over my time here and the chicken and ham pie stemmed from a covered pork pie which Elliotts did years ago. I came in and reinvented the recipe.

“It is all made in a traditional manner with hot water pastry and Heygates flour.”

They were presented with certificates and a trophy designed by Rachael Aldridge of Aldridge Glass, in Walgrave.

The winners were annoucned at an awards dinner last month at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton and awards were presented by award judges including TV chef Sophie Grigson and the co-founder of Ready, Steady, Cook, Steven Saunders, of Silverstone Hospitality.

The competition is in its fifth year and was created by the Northants Enterprise Partnership (NEP) to celebrate local food and drink.

The NEP was established to help create more and better quality private sector jobs by working with local organisations and businesses.

For more details about the awards, visit www.
northamptonshirefoodanddrink.co.uk.