Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern from the Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire, has set up a new speciality food company.
Andrew has teamed up with college friend Justin Brosenitz to launch Star Inn Speciality Foods. They plan to roll out a range of products for people to enjoy at home. The first offering is a range of sauces created by the Star Inn kitchen and manufactured nearby.
Justin said: "We really think there's a market out there for better-quality foods that are locally sourced."
The sauces are chilled, rather than ambient, and the range includes smoked salmon and tartare velouté; blue Wensleydale and baby spinach; Pern's Provençale; red wine and wild mushroom; and gourmet green peppercorn.
Andrew and Justin sold 450 of the 280g pouches at Rydale Food Festival in May and plan to find local delis and farm shops to stock their products. They will sell for between £4 and £5.
Company director Justin says: "There's a lot of scope for other products and we might consider making good quality ready meals, using premium, locally sourced meats.
"We are also interested in foodservice and would be happy to develop products for pub companies."
Recipe suggestions and the full range of products will be available online shortly at www.starinnfoods.co.uk. Email email@example.com for more information.
Nigel Haworth's Ribble Valley Inns has also launched its own retail range, called Food with Roots. The first product is own-blend coffee.