Sweet vic­tory

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Blair Jack­son

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.

Ar­naud Courtin

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