Award-winning Master Chef of Great Britain, Grant Hawthorne, has launched his own-label African Volcano Peri Peri sauces and marinades here in the United Kingdom. At present there are two lines: the Peri Peri marinade and the Peri Peri sauce.
Cape Town-born Mr Hawthorne will be donating 30 pence from every bottle sold to the initiatives of Habitat for Humanity in South Africa, to assist in their work, predominantly with the Youth Build.
Head Chef Grant Hawthorne commented:
"I have wanted to bring the flavours and heat of Africa to these shores for many years. It is a recipe I learned from a Mozambique lady which I have modified and refined over the past 15 years. As an expatriate of Cape Town, South Africa, I would love to be able to give something back to the people and land of my birth. Habitat for Humanity South Africa does remarkable work for those less fortunate and hopefully the sales of my products will go some way to addressing their needs."
"I have started with two lines: the marinade and the sauce. They’re both medium in strength and the feedback I have received on samples sent out for survey have been phenomenal. For me, it is all about the flavour. Then the heat."
Grant Hawthorne has recently been working on further product lines to complement those he currently produces. These will be produced later in the year.
He comments further:
"The operation is small at present. However I hope to grow this over a period of time, so that the flavours of Africa and her heat means you don’t necessarily have to jump on a plane to experience it."
African Volcano Peri Peri style sauces and marinades are available to order in Scotland (the Isle of Skye Baking company, Portree 0147 861 2669) and England (Macken Brothers butchery, Chiswick 0208 994 2646). They will be available to order online in the near future, but for now Grant Hawthorne now has a stall at Maltby St.