Louise Bailey - the Nedderton mum behind Red Rascal chilli sauce
PUBLISHED: 16:43 02 April 2012 | UPDATED: 04:12 10 February 2013
A mum from Nedderton is making a splash with her brand of chilli sauce, writes Sarah Louise Banner
It takes a lot of bottle to start your own business but Louise Bailey has proved she has all the ingredients to be a red hot success. After impressing friends and family with chilli sauce made in her home kitchen, Louise took the plunge and her products are now stocked around in delis and food stores across the region.
And she has also been nominated for a Made in Britain by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah after she tasted Louises sweet chilli sauces at the citys Eat festival. The award, which was launched by Business Secretary Vince Gable, aims to celebrate the best of British manufacturing
and publicise great British manufacturers to the rest of the world, during the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.
Were proud of our strong North East connections and its fantastic to see our hard work paying off to put Red Rascal on the national, and possibly global map, Louise said.
I have always had a passion for good food and after the girls were born, I became a stay at home mum, with time to spend cooking. I could never find a sauce that was both versatile and balanced in flavour, so I wanted to create something that tasted fresh and sumptuous, without the gloopy texture that most of the sauces on the supermarket shelf have.
Louises dream of turning her hobby into a business came to fruition in September 2010, when she moved into the commercial kitchens of Westfield School in Gosforth, which allowed her to produce the sauce on a bigger scale.
We started taking our sauces to local delis, restaurants and markets, without any branding, to do taste tests. We found an overwhelming amount of people loved the sauces and were interested in buying or stocking it. And so Red Rascal sauce was introduced to the North East, with a great reception.
Now, 18 months later, Red Rascal sauce which comes in both a smooth ketchup and a rustic sauce with plenty of crunchy texture is stocked in delis, farm shops and garden centres across the North East, including Fenwicks prestigious Caf 21 Restaurant. Red Rascal also sells to local commercial food services Deli Fresh and Laidlers.
It is free from artificial flavouring, dairy and gluten and is also low in calories, which means everyone can enjoy it, Louise added. We try to keep our sourcing local to the North East, we use local suppliers for the fresh tomatoes and chillies that go into making the sauces. The red chillies we use are really fruity and give a slow release of heat.
Im at my happiest when Im on a food stall, in the freezing cold, seeing people tasting and enjoying our sauces, Louise said. It makes all the hard work worthwhile knowing that people like what we produce its the best high ever.
The print version of this article appeared in the April 2012 issue of North East Life
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