YORK Ice Cream Co has won a fourth consecutive champion ice cream award at the Perth Royal Dairy Awards.
YORK Ice Cream Co has won a fourth consecutive champion ice cream at the Perth Royal Dairy Awards.
Arnaud Courtin’s jarrah honey ice cream was named champion ice cream in 2015, 2016 and 2018. His mango ice cream received the award in 2017.
Mr Courtin ( 69) operates York Olive Oil from his 40ha property in Daliak, a five- minute drive from York’s town centre that is fast becoming a must- visit attraction for Perth tourists on weekends.
The successful foray into ice cream was a “happy accident” that occurred after his wife Danielle bought a simple ice cream machine for home use. Mr Courtin also credited Mrs Courtin with creating the award- winning jarrah honey flavour.
“The ice cream is a hobby that got out of hand,” Mr Courtin said.
Initially they shared their sweet creations with neighbours but as it became popular, he started selling it.
Mr Courtin, originally from Brittany in France, has been making olive oil for 20 years. He said people brought their own olives to his property to use his press as well.
Mr Courtin and his neighbour and business partner Jenny Baxter operate the business, but not as a money- making venture.
He said their products were made for taste, not margins and profitability.
“We don’t run it as a business, we don’t run it for profit,” Mr Courtin said.
“We make things we’re proud of.”
The property in Daliak is open to the public on weekends.