As the well-known saying goes, “when life hands you lemons make lemonade.” In this case however, Byam Trotter made delicious condiments instead!
Before he started supplying his condiments for our artisan hampers, Byam was making mostarda, a traditional Italian condiment made with candied fruit.
Without the finances to rent anywhere, his parents’ kitchen became his workspace.
At 22 years old, Byam had just graduated from university in Manchester but, like many other graduates, was finding work hard to come by.
Selling homemade mostarda to local farming shops seemed like a good way of making money - and before long it blossomed into a full-time business.
Soon after, two chefs were employed and the business moved into a renovated fish and chip shop just 4 miles from the family home.
The business quickly expanded from mostarda to include a large range of fine condiments: tea, orange marmalade, wild garlic pesto and even mojito marmalade.
Trotter’s Independent condiments proved to be so popular that they are now in demand the length and breadth of the UK.
If you should find yourself nesting up north in Shetland, or settling down South in Somerset, you’ll certainly find Trotter’s condiments spoken about favourably.
Although Byam does not do the cooking himself anymore, the good practice that made the condiments so popular is still strictly maintained.
Every batch the company creates is made in the same small pots that were once used in his parents’ kitchen back in 2009.
This wholesome approach is precisely what gives the range its fresher, more natural taste.
Because of all this, we at Highland Fayre are delighted to have Trotter’s condiments in our artisan hampers, if for no other reason than they are downright tasty!