You know your taste buds are in good hands with the previous head chef of one of Cornwall’s most prestigious restaurants. After ten years of culinary experience in some of the best Cornish kitchens, Jake Kendall decided to launch his own range of Cornish condiments and preserves. And aren’t we lucky he did. The Cornish Larder was founded on the idea of working with some of the best Cornish drink producers, creating the perfect harmony in jarred form. From Tarquin’s gin jam to their award-winning tomato and chilli relish with Dead Man's Fingers rum – we guarantee they’ll add a whole new level of flavour to your favourite dishes, cheeseboards and baking projects.
What made you decide to start The Cornish Larder, and what's the inspiration behind it?
The Cornish Larder started simply from a love of Cornish produce, I truly believe we have some of the best producers and I wanted to create a business and products which would individually celebrate those.
What did you do before creating The Cornish Larder?
I was head chef of the 2 rosette Quarterdeck restaurant at The Nare Hotel. This is where I first discovered and worked with Cornish produce. I started as a 15 year old apprentice and worked my way up the ladder.
How are your products made, what are the ingredients and where are they sourced from?
Our products are all handmade in Cornwall. We have a small production facility based on the outskirts of Padstow. We work closely with a Cornish fruit and vegetable supplier to source all our fresh ingredients.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I love meeting fellow Cornish producers and tasting their products. This is how each one of The Cornish Larder products starts its journey. I try to create all my recipes to really show off and celebrate the chosen Cornish company. This is why you will find their logo right on the front of our label. It's all about working together.
What have been the biggest challenges/achievements, or your favourite story on your journey so far?
I do not have a business background, I have a chef background. So I have had to learn very quickly about the day to day management of The Cornish Larder, this is an ongoing daily challenge.
My biggest achievement so far would probably be becoming the chutney partner to Davidstow Cheddar, a huge national company that wants to position our product next to their famous cheddar. We shipped our first pallet to them at the end of 2020. Every time I see my product on shop shelves, I get a huge sense of achievement.
How would you describe The Cornish Larder in three words?
Collaborative: our business is solely based around collaborating and working with fellow Cornish companies.
Progressive: we always have a new exciting project on the go, whether that be creating a new product or discovering a new producer.
Proud: proudly Cornish, that's at the core of everything we do.
What is your connection to Cornwall?
I was born and raised in Cornwall, I have also worked within Cornish hospitality for 10 years. I have travelled all over the world but I always end up back in Cornwall.
Do you have a special spot in Cornwall that inspires you?
I spend my downtime exploring the Cornish coast paths or in the water at Fistral Beach. Places that inspire me for new business ideas would be local farmer’s markets. The Cornish Larder started life trading at these events and I love going back and tasting any new products which I could work with.
What's next / any exciting plans?
We always have exciting plans on the go, that is why I love being my own boss. My head is always full of ideas, it's just choosing which ones to actually progress with. We plan on releasing three new products this year which will celebrate Cornwall in a slightly different way, that's all i can say right now!
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