Meet the unearthed® team

Meet the team behind the brand

SIMON

SIMON

Your history with unearthed®?

In my early twenties I travelled a lot and worked in India, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. This fuelled a love of food and discovery. I began my working life in the food industry and after five years, I realised there was a gap for tapas and other sharing foods and hey presto, unearthed® was born. Although I’m the founder, the team continue to fly the flag, live and love the brand just as much as I do. I’m really proud of how it has grown so quickly and that our valuable relationship with Action Against Hunger really helps to make a difference.

Most memorable discovery

That sitting between carriages on an Indian train – with your legs hanging out of the open door and a travelling family sharing their breakfast with you – is the best way to wake up.

Favourite unearthed® product and why?

Chorizo de Leon. Love the product, love the people who produce it, loved exploring the region.

Three favourite words?

Adventure, freedom, exhilaration

Would you rather:

Sweat mayonnaise or permanently have wotsit dust on your fingers?

Wotsit dust. I dislike mayonnaise in my mouth let alone escaping through my pores.

Eat dry dog food or wet cat food forever?

Dry dog food. Scooby snacks.

Have a permanent clown face or permanently wear clown clothes?

Clown clothes. So much can be expressed with the face.

Rock a 70s afro or a 50s bouffant?

70’s afro.

Be legally required to queue-jump for the rest of your life or drink lukewarm tea for the rest of your life?

Lukewarm tea. I hate annoying people.

CARRIE

CARRIE

Your history with unearthed®?

Without making myself sound old, I’ve been here since the beginning. With a little bit of branding background acquired straight out of uni, I joined the team of one (Simon) at just the right time. I’ve watched the brand grow from the launch of 7 lines to what it is now and can honestly say I’m very proud. Over the years my role has always been changing as I’ve simply had to get stuck into all areas and I’ve learnt a lot of lessons – some the hard way – but with the growth of the team I’ve now settled as Brand Manager. It’s a great team, a great brand and a great place to work.

Most memorable discovery (food, travel, life)?

I’m obsessed with mashed potato. It has always been a firm favourite of mine particularly as a child. When I was little my parents would drive us to France in the holidays and we’d spend days on the beach eating picnics of baguettes and cheese and ham. I have some wonderful memories, but none as prevalent as the time I discovered Mouseline. On this particular day nothing was going to satisfy the mashed potato desire of my 6 year old self until a kind waiter in a restaurant brought me an entire plate of Mouseline, which is essentially French Smash. To date, this plate of creamy carby instant goodness sits firmly in my top 10 meals of all time!

Favourite unearthed® product and why?

Chargrilled Artichokes. They have a wonderful flavour, a true sense of provenance and are brilliant to cook with. Or indeed eat straight from the pot, like I frequently do.

Three favourite words?

What. The. Actual.

Would you rather:

Sweat mayonnaise or permanently have wotsit dust on your fingers?

Wotsit dust. Cheesy goodness.

Eat dry dog food or wet cat food forever?

Dry dog. Savoury biscuits are a thing.

Have a permanent clown face or permanently wear clown clothes?

Clown clothes – I practically already do.

Rock a 70s afro or a 50s bouffant?

Afro.

Be legally required to queue-jump for the rest of your life or drink lukewarm tea for the rest of your life?

Queue jump – tea should not be messed with.

SUSIE

SUSIE

Your history with unearthed®?

Having worked in marketing for many years, I was interested in a career change, so studied whilst working and qualified as a Nutritional Therapist. I ran my own business and supplemented my work with social media and PR freelancing. Although I was seeing clients in a local clinic, the side of the job I really loved was cooking, recipe creation and running seminars and workshops. Whilst a rewarding job it’s tough to make a living and also after a year of self-employment I knew that I wanted to be part of a team again, ideally looking after social media and website. I couldn’t’ believe it when I saw just such a position available for a local food company – even better that the brand was unearthed®. I joined the small marketing team and the rest is history….

Most memorable discovery (food, travel, life)?

Whilst in Thailand as part of a year away for travel (which was pretty memorable in itself) I travelled north of Chang Mai to a place called Pai. After a bone shaking hour long journey through the mountains this beautiful town was far removed from the rest of the typical backpacker route. One night when walking towards the ‘centre’ (if you can call it that) we passed a house with a sign outside inviting people to dine there. Rather cautiously but in for a penny, we sat down on the veranda. Whilst three generations sat inside and watched the world cup, the Mum produced our dinner, from their own kitchen (I dread to have seen the kitchen facilities). Using modest and local produce the curry was one of the most delicious I ate in the seven weeks I was in the country – and from one of the most unusual places as well.

Favourite unearthed® product and why?

Tarte flambee. Cheese and ham goodness, quickly cooked in a hot oven. A bit like pizza – but better.

Three favourite words?

Tiltering (it’s my own word, a cross between tilt and teetering), pomegranate and kerfuffle.

Would you rather:

Sweat mayonnaise or permanently have wotsit dust on your fingers?

Wotist dust on the fingers. Clammy hands are bad enough but a greasy handshake? Not a good first impression.

Eat dry dog food or wet cat food forever?

Wet cat food. Endless possibilities with stirring through pasta, into stews and on cracker.

Have a permanent clown face or permanently wear clown clothes?

Clothes are much more versatile than a clown face and I’d be less likely to scare people.

Rock a 70s afro or a 50s bouffant?

Have an afro – my hair gets kind of frizzy already and it worked for Diana Ross and Michael Jackson – both legends.

Be legally required to queue-jump for the rest of your life or drink lukewarm tea for the rest of your life?

Definitely queue jump – my tea has to be scalding hot.

SARAH

SARAH

Your history with unearthed®?

Customer turned employee! As a recent graduate from Bath uni and seeking jobs from my favourite food brands I found myself wondering what it would be like to meet the people behind unearthed®…So a few months down the line having joined the team in September 2014 and now holding a reputation for cheesiest pun-master and team feeder, I think it’s safe to say, I feel right at home here. You’ll find me packing samples for competition winners or on the phone to journalists and if I’m not doing that I’m sipping ginger tea and grazing on anything I find!

Most memorable discovery (food, travel, life)?

A French country house, nestled in the fields of Provence run by an ex-head chef. After an epic day hiking and a week of thunderstorms we stumbled across this place by pure chance. We stayed there for days, lying in the sun and feasting on delicious home-cooked meals and wine from the neighbouring vineyards.

Favourite unearthed® product and why?

Spanish Hot and Spicy Cooking Chorizo Sausages. On the BBQ, enough said.

Three favourite words?

Greedy little piglet

Would you rather:

Sweat mayonnaise or permanently have wotsit dust on your fingers?

Have wotsit dust on my fingers (and wear gloves)

Eat dry dog food or wet cat food forever?

Eat dry dog food- have you seen the stuff you can get?! (Lily’s Kitchen!)

Have a permanent clown face or permanently wear clown clothes?

Permanent clown face, constantly comical for all around me

Rock a 70s afro or a 50s bouffant?

Have a 50’s bouffant. My hair can get pretty big already!

Be legally required to queue-jump for the rest of your life or drink lukewarm tea for the rest of your life?

Be legally required to queue-jump