A new eating experience with its roots buried deep in Cornish tradition is on the menu in Fowey as the town welcomes, ‘the tastiest pasties in the world’.
TV presenter and chef, James Strawbridge recently brought a new take on the humble pasty to the tastebuds of curious South-West diners as his, Posh Pasty Co, launched in the picturesque port to a very appreciative audience.
The seeds for this newcomer to the pasty world were sown whilst James was travelling and filming for his TV shows, The Hungry Sailors and Saturday Farm.
He said: “TV presenting is great but the problem with it is that I spend a lot of time talking to other people about their businesses and their jobs and it sometimes feels like I’m not making or doing anything myself.”
During a conversation one evening with his wife Holly the first embers for Posh Pasty Co began to spark.
“I realised I wanted to do something within the food industry,” added James, “I was sitting with my wife and she asked which food is my favourite, I said pasties, and she said how about a posh pasty?”
With the name in the bag and a two week break from filming on the horizon, James took advantage and went ‘hell for leather’ in an attempt to get the first gourmet pasties ready for tasting.
He said: “Although I was an incredibly experienced pasty eater when it came to making them I was also a complete novice.
“So, to get the seasoning exactly right we basically lived off pasties, my wife’s friends and their children came round to sit in the garden and eat pasties.
“It was very important not just to try it out on tourists, I wanted get the opinions of local hardcore critics, and, by the time we launched I was really very pleased with the end product.”
As well as looking at this Cornish staple from a new angle, with flavours such as rabbit, cider and mustard or mackerel and horseradish with beetroot pastry, James also felt it important to promote top quality local produce and celebrate those producing it.
“Quite often with TV you never see the people you speak to again, so now I actually want to celebrate the people I meet and continue to work with them into the future as well.
“ It’s been really positive, turning a chance meeting through television into a lasting relationship.”
To assist with the promotion of local producers, and to get the pasties out to a wider audience, James has recently launched a crowd funder where he hopes to raise the funds to put a Posh Pasty Co food truck on the road.
“The idea for a food truck and crowd funding is to try and get the local community involved by us being able to offer back awesome rewards for pledges of money.
“I want to get out there and sell direct to people which also means that I can talk to them all about the ingredients which come from the local farmers, cheese makers, artisans who I’ve formed good relationships with and am passionate about promoting them.”
James said that the food truck is as much about getting the idea of the pasties out to people as it is about selling them.
And, as he, and pastry chef Tom Larkin, decked out in their rather posh ties and waistcoats, continue to add the twists and surprises to the Cornish classic, the hopes are that one day the tastebuds of a much wider audience will be dancing to the tune of this upper crust pasty.
“We’re basically laughing at ourselves and having a bit of fun with it,” added James, “Our pasties offer something different than a traditional pasty, I won’t say better, because although I’m I feel our pasties are the tastiest pasties in the world, I would never turn down a traditional one.
“But, everyone I’ve seen eat one smiles, and I hope we can share the pasty love around the UK.”