Huge Success for Meath Food Producers at National Awards

Only months into production, mother and son team Catriona and Rory Flaherty of What’s for Pudding? in county Meath have scooped three awards at 2014 Blas na hEireann for their delicious dessert puddings and sauces. Their Sticky Toffee Pudding won gold, while the Rum Butterscotch sauce took bronze at the Irish Food Awards which were announced today at the Dingle Food Festival at the weekend.

What's for Pudding

They were very proud to also be awarded Best in County, sponsored by Meath Local Enterprise Office, quite an achievement considering the success of the Meath producers at the awards. They were amongst fourteen winners from the Royal county, which is rapidly becoming known as a hot spot for quality Irish food production.  Flavoured butter producer Blast and Wilde from near Slane was crowned Supreme Champion at the awards.

What’s for Pudding? also had success at the Great Taste Awards in August, where they awarded a Gold Star for each of their puddings in a crowded field of UK and Irish products.

What’s for Pudding? is a true family affair. The idea for the business and the clever name were inspired by Catriona’s childhood in Dublin and her Belfast native mother.

"Dessert was always ‘pudding’ in our house", says Catriona, "My mother was a great cook and there was always ‘something nice’ in the house for visitors. I recall that as a child whenever she called me in for dinner, my first question would be ‘What’s for Pudding?".  It was the recollection of this memory, which came flooding back to Catriona as she cleared out her family home in Dublin after her mother passed away, that inspired the name and the concept for the business.

Catriona found a willing business partner in her son Rory, a building surveyor by profession, who is passionate about food and farming, and says he loves "seeing people enjoy what you’ve made". Based just outside Kilmessan in Co Meath, the puddings and sauces are all handmade by Catriona, Rory and Rory’s girlfriend Anna.

What’s for Pudding? produce three traditional style dessert puddings; comforting Sticky Toffee Pudding, rich Chocolate Pudding and a zingy Lemon and Blueberry Pudding.  Every single ingredient is one you will recognise and probably have in your kitchen at home.  Heated in the oven (or the microwave if you are in a rush), the sauce melts into the pudding giving a deliciously moist and moreish sponge.  And these puddings are made to share – with enough in each box for four people (but no one can blame you if you eat it all yourself).  What’s for Pudding? also produce a range of homemade dessert sauces sold in jars, current flavours are Toffee, Chocolate and their unique, irresistible, and now award-winning, Rum Butterscotch sauce.

Rory attended the Dingle Food Festival this weekend where the Blas nahEireann Irish Food Awards were announced.

"We’re delighted to get this recognition", he says, "We do everything on a small scale by hand, so the hours are long and the work is hard, but we do enjoy it and getting an award like this really confirms for us that we are doing it right. We love meeting customers and getting feedback – so far it’s been really positive".

8 October 2014