EVERYONE’S heard of selling ice to Eskimos, but how about an experimental Darwen chef selling Thai food to the Thais?
The Real Thai Pie Company is building trade links with the South East Asian nation – combining the best of the Land of Smiles’ food with good old-fashioned Lancashire baking.
Dean Haworth’s father Keith has run the K&A Haworth confectioners on Sudell Road in Darwen for 30 years, selling traditional pastries.
Now Dean is fusing east and west to create red, green, paneang and massaman curry pies – and the Railway Road-based firm has linked up with a luxury hotel chain, which has resorts in Thailand, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam and the Maldives.
Dean said: “We haven’t as such exported to Thailand yet but we do the pies for The Banjan Tree Hotel from Bangkok when they visit the UK doing seminars.
“Also a Thai friend, Danny, who lives on the island of Ko Lanta wants me to show him how they are made so he can start producing.
“He has a small restaurant, and he has given me lots of cooking lessons and tips.”
Dean entered the British Pie Awards at the national home of savouries, Melton Mowbray, last month and won a silver and a bronze.
The Real Thai Pie Company began at the beginning of 2012 and was formed by Dean and his wife Becky.
He said: “We have always loved to travel and met while travelling in 1998.
“We have been regular visitors to Thailand.
“ The Thai Pie eureka moment came after a delicious massaman curry with friends. We thought this hearty Asian stew would be fabulous in a pie!”
Dinah Makani, marketing executive for Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, said: “Dean provides the most delicious food around.
“The top quality food and service he provides is excellent.”