“Kikka’s well preserved secret – the making of Dave and Granny’s champion marmalade”
There is a closely guarded secret within the walls of Kikka HQ in Perth. A sweet secret we are finally revealing to the world today.
Beyond his professional identity, Kikka’s Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, David Weir, is generally known for his commitment to maintaining a high level of fitness.
For leisure, he rides 100km on the weekend with olympic-level cyclists, is currently training for the IronMan WA in Busselton and his chosen mode of transport is a Harley Davidson.
What many don’t know, is that David and his 87-year-old grandmother, Philis, are the reigning blue ribbon champions of the Perth Royal Show’s marmalade competition.
Philis has been producing huge batches of cumquat marmalade for her friends and family since her grandson was a boy. While none of the other four members of his immediate family were particularly enamoured with the spread, David’s love for the marmalade has always been strong. So much so he started making it with her four years ago.
Back in 2014, David went to the show and saw the assortment of jars competing to be crowned the Perth’s best preserve. He thought to himself: “I bet Granny’s marmalade is thousands of times better than these.”
Last year David and Philis entered their “Dave and Granny” cumquat marmalade in the prestigious cookery section of the Royal Show. The pair were novices to the competitive cookery landscape and were by no means expecting to win.
On judgement day, David pulled up to the cookery pavilion on his Harley-Davidson to the shock of the judges from the Country Women’s Association and delivered the winning jar from the pocket of his leather jacket.
Dave and Granny are back to defend their title as Perth’s marmalade champions in 2016. Every week, we’ll be providing an exclusive behind the scenes look as they embark on the Road To The Royal Show. Granny may even let you in on the secrets behind the show stopping marmalade – a recipe she’s held closely within the family since Dave was knee-high to a grasshopper.”