If the fudge doesn't have the cow you won't be O'er the Moon
At 16 years old Simon Knott’s interest in food and drink was initially awakened after working for a small Norwich restaurant during the school holidays. He built on this enthusiasm with a Bsc Hons degree in catering management, food science and nutrition at Oxford Brookes University.
Subsequently, after working in a variety of catering roles no one could have imagined the revolution that food and drink would undertake in the UK. This sea-change in interest presented plenty of new opportunities and Simon decided on a sideways shift, studying magazine journalism with the NTCJ. This led to a career as a freelance journalist writing for numerous food and drink magazines and journals. As part of this role Simon regularly interviewed local food and drink producers to glean what made them and their businesses tick. The variety and the independence of their working life appealed and so when a farm shop owner asked Simon if he knew of a good crumbly fudge producer the challenge was set.
Completely self taught from books and information online Simon gradually pieced together a competent fudge product range; enough to win a Gold with 2 Stars in the 2010 great Taste Awards. After nearly five years the range has established a loyal following, enough to warrant a move to a dedicated production unit near Cranbrook.
As well as selling through farm shops, deli’s and tourist attractions around Kent Simon also attends numerous craft and food fairs around the county and farther afield. Continual product improvement and innovation is key to the success of the business, which now includes a range of quality nut brittles and hand-produced glace fruits dipped in dark chocolate. More recently a Breton style Salted Caramel Sauce and a Roasted Peanut Butter Fudge were awarded Gold with 2 Stars in the 2013 great Taste Awards. In life who knows what may be around the corner or o’er the moon.