Winner Essex Life Food and Drink Hero Award 2015
PUBLISHED: 11:31 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 15 October 2015
This category celebrates the individual who has made the most impact on the Essex food community
Winner: Paul Kelly of Kelly’s Turkeys
This year’s winner of the Essex Life Food and Drink Hero award needs little in the way of introduction, their roots are well and truly buried in Middle Earth (Essex). Many of the family are involved in the business, from production, logistics, procurements, marketing and presentations. From a young age, being brought up in such a grounded and engaging farming family, interest in the business grew.
A clear vision evolved over the years of how best to develop the operation into its current robust format, reducing the risks and exposures at the same time. This enterprise now boasts tremendous diversity, depth and ingenuity, taking control of all aspects of the production chain. A goal many business endeavour to achieve but few succeed.
There are many within the county that benefit from being involved in this strong Essex business and the momentum has now spread internationally. The company has become one of only three in the world taking control of their genetics, prior to breeding and multiplication of their stock. This has brought true recognition on a global scale.
The promotion of healthy, nutritious, flavoursome food is the key ingredient we all enjoy, and Paul Kelly has gone above and beyond in promoting this ideology whilst developing their business at shows, colleges, local events, radio and television for many years, being particularly conscious of educating all, especially the vitally important younger generation.
There have been world records taken, he is currently in the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest turkey plucker and carver. Paul has introduced new flavours for condiments and re-introductions of traditional values coming from this individual and the business. He has become a house hold name in Essex, carries enormous respect from fellow colleagues as the chairman of the turkey sector of the British Poultry Council. He has introduced innovation into an important industry improving the health of all in the process.