Top local chef Paula McIntyre, an enthusiastic supporter of Food NI, has teamed up with Carol’s Stock Market, the Derry-based producer of a range of natural stocks, bone broth and gravies to develop a new range of original food products.
Carol Banahan, founder and managing director of Carol’s Stock Market, a Food NI member company, says: “I am delighted that Paula McIntyre, now among the best-known chefs in the UK and Ireland, has agreed to work with me in creating a new range of products.
‘It is an immensely important development for the business to have access to Paula’s vast knowledge of ingredients and culinary expertise on board. Her role as chair of the Northern Ireland Slow Food Movement is in line with our commitment to natural, wholesome and locally sourced ingredients for exceptional meals. Paula is a dedicated and tireless ambassador for Northern Ireland’s fabulous food and drink.
“We have some very exciting ideas for development and launch in 2020. Paula will help us to move the business forward faster in the year ahead,” adds Mrs Banahan.
Paula McIntyre is a widely respected chef, broadcaster, demonstrator and author. She has guested on culinary programmes on television and radio in the UK, Ireland and further afield. A keen supporter of Food NI, Paula has her own food slot on BBC Radio Ulster. In addition, she has advised many food businesses in Ireland including Kerry Group, Dale Farm Dairies, Allied Bakeries and White’s Oats.
Paula, commenting on the new role with Carol’s Stock Market, says: “This is a marvellous opportunity to assist the growth of a smaller business that’s local and focused on natural foods using the best quality ingredients. I have been impressed by the quality and innovation of Carol’s bone stock and bone broth. I use these excellent products regularly in my own meals, demonstrations and recipe work. I am looking forward to contributing to the continuing success of this progressive smaller business.
Based at Derry’s Skeoge Industrial Park, the small company, a Food NI and s Slow Food NI member, launched the turkey bone broth for the first time last year for Christmas and it proved to be an outstanding success. The broth is now available in response to demands from existing and potential customers.
“We’ve scaled up production of the turkey broth to meet the high-level of demand,” says Mrs Banahan. “The broth is made from the finest Irish ingredients especially free range turkeycarcases and wings roasted and then simmered for 18 hours with organic vegetables and herbs.
“The turkey broth is a natural product that can be used for soup, especially as part of the Christmas meal, or as an added ingredient for gravy to accompany the traditional turkey dinner.
The broth is available in 480ml jars at the company’s established network of delis, farm shops and independent retail outlets and health stores from its website www.carolsstockmarket.com
Originally from Dublin, Mrs Banahan returned to Ireland in 2014 after a successful career in investment banking in Canada. A keen cook, Mrs Banahan set up her food production business with help of the Foodovation centre at the North West Regional College in Derry.