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From student to artisan charcutier

Posted on October 01, 2014

Nick Brake completed our Advanced Diploma in Butchery & Charcuterie in 2011/12. He's recently opened The Rutland Charcuterie Company.

Well it seems some time ago now that I was making the daily drive up to the School for lectures and practical sessions in the butchery – oh for the student life! What a great year though. To have come away not only with my Diploma in Butchery & Charcuterie but with so many contacts is invaluable. And to have Rich Summers (who taught me on the course) on board to help set up the business and to drive the business forward is incredible. I feel very lucky.

OK, so we’ve had several delays on our journey to get The Rutland Charcuterie Company up and running – but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Good things are worth waiting for. The delays enabled us to concentrate on product development and we now have a seriously delicious range of British Charcuterie – made in Rutland.

We launched the company at the beginning of June – it somehow seemed fitting to launch at The Rutland County Show. We have had amazing press coverage thanks to our wonderful PR guru Justine. I’m afraid that age caught up with me before managing to grasp the whole social media thing, but we are very fortunate that Justine takes care of all this and does it so well. It has become an incredibly important – essential even – part of the business.

We have had a couple of highlights in our short time since launching. The first was having the opportunity to meet their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on our stall at a Farmers Market in our local town of Oakham. Prince Charles chatted and laughed with us for quite some time and it was with surprise and delight that we received a letter from Buckingham Palace thanking us for the goodie bag that we had given him.

And the second is winning a Bursary for BBC Good Food Show in Harrogate next spring (April 10 – 12 2015, do come and see us!). This is quite amazing – not only that we managed to achieve this being such a fledgling company but that we now have the opportunity to showcase The Rutland Charcuterie Company and our range of products at such a high level. Something that would most likely have been unattainable for us at the moment. It is truly an incredible opportunity to have exposure to such a wide audience of food lovers, both consumers and the trade. It’s great to know that others think that our products are as good as we do!

Do call in to Rutland Charcuterie HQ if you are ever in the area. We very much welcome visitors to have a tour and of course a taste.

We hope to see you soon.

Thanks for reading!


Cheers for now, Nick

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