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Award-winning jam maestro to pass on skills

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A photo of Rosalind Waugh in the Live Well Centre kitchen

Master jam maker Rosalind Waugh's tasty creations have landed another top award - and now there's a chance to learn from the best.

The talented chef scooped a coveted 2 Star award in the 2021 national Great Taste Awards - her seventh GTA accolade since 2018.

Rosalind's Larder has seen the Marton Manor resident turn a passion for locally-grown and home-produced jams, chutneys and preserves into a booming enterprise.

The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced produce, with much of it grown on Rosalind's own Saltersgill allotment.

And would-be creators of tasty treats will soon be able to pick up some of her skills when Rosalind launches a new cookery class at Middlesbrough's Live Centre.

Comments from the GTA judges included:

"A delightfully fruity aroma and a gorgeous thick, chunky texture. The balance of sweet and sour notes in this jam was amazing, and there was an aromatic strawberry-forward flavour, with a touch of vegetal, earthy rhubarb to add depth. A really well-made jam with a superb balance of flavours."

"This jam is a beautiful combination of fruits…a great acidity, tartness and sweetness combine to make for a lovely jam."

"A wonderfully aromatic jam with a most appealing gloss and dropping consistency. A beautifully realised jam which would be as delightful in a sponge cake as on scones or toast."

The Great Taste Awards were launched by the Guild of Fine Foods in 1994 and now attract more than 13,000 entries every year.

They're open to businesses of all sizes, with judges tasting ‘blind' to ensure the winners are chosen purely on merit.

Rosalind said: "Getting a Great Taste Award is not easy, so I was really delighted to win a 2 Star award this year.

"I have always loved sharing my knowledge and skills, firstly as a pioneering radiographer and now as a master preserve maker.

"Hosting preserve making classes is a new venture for my business and I am really excited to be able to share my knowledge in making preserves.

"The opportunity to use the spacious and well equipped training kitchen in the Live Well Centre in Dundas Arcade was too good to miss, so I can't wait to get started."

Live Well Centre Manager Kerry Melling said: "The Live Well Centre and Public Health South Tees are pleased to support any new initiative that helps Middlesbrough residents live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

"Lots of us have turned to home cooking and baking during the pandemic, but there's also a real drive to get more people eating healthier, fresher food.

"Rosalind's chutneys and jams are packed with local produce, and her classes will be a great chance for people to learn how to make their own."

For more information contact Rosalind via Rosalind's Larder on Facebook or email rosal09@hotmail.co.uk.

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