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My passion for cooking and baking started from early childhood. I was the little girl who loved to be in the kitchen watching Mum transform simple ingredients into wholesome family meals, preserves and tasty treats. Decades later, I still have fond memories of sitting for hours flicking through her cookery book, planning my next culinary challenge or developing my knowledge and skills through television programmes such as The Galloping Gourmet, Gary Rhodes, Delia Smith and Masterchef. The Quirky Cook company was established in 2008. It was an easy name to choose as I had often been referred to as "Quirky"...

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Paving a new way for preserves, Derby-based The Quirky Cook is now celebrating its runaway success at this year’s Great Taste awards, with its punchy and pioneering Honeyed Fig Relish with Black Garlic winning the Golden Fork for Ambient Product of the Year.

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