01 August 2019, 15:57 PM
  • Elspeth Biltoft, owner of Rosebud Preserves, talks about the best and worst parts of the job and more
“The food industry has changed so much”

WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN’T IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY?
I’d be working on local environment issues – biodiversity and volunteering.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I worked as assistant to the designer at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Nature – it never disappoints.

WHAT’S THE WORST JOB YOU’VE DONE?
Packing pills for GlaxoSmithKline as a student.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB?
Talking to customers and working on one-off projects that make a real difference.

AND YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE?
Some of the necessary repetition you need to do to run a business, like dealing with paperwork!

HOW ABOUT THE FOOD INDUSTRY?
The food industry has changed so much in the 30 years since I started Rosebud Preserves. Certain aspects are heading in the right direction, such as the focus on sustainability, organic, vegetarian/ vegan, provenance, quality, local food and ingredients. It’s so much more thoughtful today.

TEA OR COFFEE?
Both – green tea or a good quality cappuccino.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SUPPER?
A selection of really fresh salads followed by a summer pudding, which I love.

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
Do your best and don’t give up.

WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Chinese century eggs that came in a pot that were preserved in clay. I only ate a little bit of one!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?
I love the work of Thomas Hardy. My favourite is Far From the Madding Crowd.

SWEET OR SAVOURY?
Savoury every time.

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