When conceiving the range, Kerridge wanted to work with British artisanal manufacturers so that he could marry his experience as a professional chef with the knowledge of craftsmen to establish his product line. He says he “scoured” the UK to find the best suppliers.
The “Tom Kerridge Range” of products includes knives, created in Sheffield, a knife sharpener from a team of 18 qualified and experienced engineers at the forefront of knife-sharpening technology, pans, tested in Kerridge’s very own two-Michelin-starred pub, the Hand and Flowers, and enamelware which has been produced in three different sizes to offer flexibility.
The presenter of BBC2′s Food and Drink and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme says: “With this product range, I’ve been given a great opportunity to produce essential kitchen items that have the same inbuilt qualities that I look for within my own personal business structure – strength, durability and longevity. The journey that I embarked on trying to find manufacturers to become involved in this project was an exciting and eye opening one.
“We are constantly told that British manufacturing is on its knees but I found the opposite; strongly focused people with a passion for quality and honesty.”
All based in Britain, he says every single one of the manufacturers has the same “inherent beliefs” about what they do, as he does for his business. “We all believe passionately that this project is an exciting one and are all looking forward to being a part of the British home and cookware industry.”
Other products include ceramics, which include three bowls, a serving platter and dipping bowl made from Cornish stoneware clay; an apron, double oven glove, gauntlet, and chef’s cloth, which all originate from Accrington; an end-grain chopping board; and rolling pin and a cheese board, made out of one piece of Scottish Elm.
Words by Liam Hosking