Is there a formula to creating award-winning food products? If so, Peter and Lorraine Randall know what it is. When they moved to Ireland from the UK in 2001, they could never have known that 17 years later they would be running a multiple award-winning food business – most recently at Blas na hEireann – but that’s exactly what fate had in store for this enterprising couple.

The Randalls are difficult to catch for an interview. They are always busy, whether making their Ayle Farm preserves, jams, juices and chutneys in Peter’s 26 sq ft on-site kitchen; labelling and selling at the weekly Cahir farmers’ market; delivering their wares to the many stockists in their local area; or networking with their local enterprise groups and fellow Tipperary food producers at launches and events.