Pie-and-mighty recipe down to late grandad

Jacqui Marsden of Penistone Pies and Puddings
Jacqui Marsden of Penistone Pies and Puddings
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Grandad would be proud as pie...

The recipe he devised for his hand-made pork pies over 70 years ago has landed his granddaughter a shot at fame.

Jacqui Marsden, pictured below, who has cooked up an artisan food business on the back of her butcher grandad Freddie Roebuck’s raised pies, is introducing them to the nation on prime TV next Wednesday night.

She will show viewers of ITV’s Food Glorious Food show how to make her grandad’s pork pies.

The show, devised by Simon Cowell, aims to celebrate the best family recipes in the country and encourage budding cooks.

Every dish featured in the series is competing for the chance to appear on the shelves at Marks and Spencer stores all over the UK and feature in a new M&S cookery book. There’s also a cash prize of £20,000.

In each of the regional episodes Carol Vorderman tours the country in search of the great and the good.

Dishes prepared, each contestant has to face judges including globe-trotting gastronome Loyd Grossman, The Duchess of Cornwall’s son and food writer Tom Parker Bowles,

Jacqui, who launched Penistone Pies and Puddings in November 2010, bakes and sells more than 100 pork pies a week – plus assorted savoury and sweet pies and puddings. She said: “I entered the food show to share the pork pie-making secrets handed down from my dad and his dad before him.

“It has been a wonderful experience to have the TV cameras in my Millhouse Green kitchen and raise the profile of my pies. I was one of only three in my group to win a rosette; I think grandad would have been really proud. Sadly he died just before filming started last year, at the age of 92”

Jacqui relies on her Little Champion, a vintage pie-making machine first used by her grandfather at his butcher’s shop on Smithy Hill in Thurgoland. He bought it at an auction of World War Two army surplus equipment in the 1940s and swore by it. But when he packed up in the 1970s, the pie-maker was sold.

By a twist of fate, it came back to the family 10 years later when Jacqui’s dad Michael decided he wanted a pie-making machine just like his dad’s.

The one he tracked down in the small ads of a local paper turned out to be the same machine he had watched his dad use.

Keen cook Jacqui turned to grandad’s recipe and machine after being made redundant from her job in marketing. She now sells on a market stall at Penistone and to local cafes. She is supported by the EU-supported Enterprising Barnsley programme to develop her business and runs cookery courses and corporate pie-making days for business people keen to swap suits for aprons for an afternoon.