Sunday 1 March 2015

John Winnard - Santus

This months featured foodie is John Winnard of Santus the home of the iconic Uncle Joes' mint ball that have been keeping the world all a glow since 1898, still made to the original recipe in Wigan.

Uncle Joes are a traditional mint which has legendary status in these parts, so if you have never tried them then you must. 

  • What is your favourite cookery or food book or publication ? 
John Whaite Bakes.

  • What sentence sums up Lancashire Food to you ? 
Honest, hearty and wholesome.

  • If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you like to be ? 
Downhill skier.

  • Which piece of kit could you not do without ?
Slow cooker.
  • Who would join you at your ultimate dinner party and why? 

Stephen Fry, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Kay and Freddie Mercury. 
I think that this selection of people should be able to cover most aspects of conversation and entertainment. 

  • What advice would you give to your younger self ? 
Seize every opportunity in life.

  • Describe your style in three words 
Fair, traditional, and passionate. 

  • What was your latest foodie gadget purchase ? 

  • What is your greatest achievement to date ? 
MBE for contribution to the food industry.

  • What is the worst mistake you have made ?
I once forgot to put peppermint in Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls. 

  • Tell us a secret about yourself ? may be something we wouldn’t expect ! 
Sailed from Majorca to Gibraltar in a 42 foot sailing boat. 

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