ES­SEX LIFE FOOD AND DRINK HERO WHAT THE WIN­NER SAID: WHAT THE JUDGE SAID:

Essex Life - - Food & Drink -

Judge: Mike Porter

Spon­sor: Wilks and Co Win­ner: Paul Kelly of Kelly’s Tur­keys I re­ally didn’t ex­pect to win this. I’m re­ally shocked to be hon­est. It is ab­so­lutely bril­liant to win such a pres­ti­gious award. Any award is amaz­ing, but this is some­thing else. I am not a hero, I just love what I do, born in Mal­don and lived in Es­sex through on through. I am pas­sion­ate about my job and it is such a lovely recog­ni­tion to re­ceive. Thank you. This year’s win­ner of the Es­sex Life Food and Drink Hero award needs lit­tle in the way of in­tro­duc­tion. Many of the fam­ily are in­volved in this 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. This en­ter­prise now boasts tremen­dous di­ver­sity, depth and in­ge­nu­ity, tak­ing con­trol of all as­pects of the pro­duc­tion chain – a goal many busi­nesses 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. He has be­come a house­hold name in Es­sex and car­ries enor­mous re­spect from fel­low col­leagues in the industry, fly­ing the flag at full mast on all oc­ca­sions. His name is Paul Kelly of Kelly’s Tur­keys.

Jon Ray­ment, Paul Kelly, Mike Porter and Brian Wilks

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