Q&A with Emma Trelawny, Cornish Sea Salt


Emma is the Brand Manager at Cornish Sea Salt and is incurably greedy. 

Tell us about your role at Cornish Sea Salt

I'm the Brand Manager, I joined in September 2018. My job is to hunt down chefs and food producers, tell them all about how brilliant Cornish Sea Salt is, and get them hooked on using it in their kitchens and recipes!

What part of the job do you enjoy the most? 

I have come from a food-mad background, so to spend my days talking and writing about food, cooking, and working with like minded people is a real treat. As a former teacher, I am also really enjoying the educational element of my job, making everything accessible for everyone and getting the word out about the need for salt in a healthy diet, which is an important conversation to open up; there is a lot of misinformation about it. 

Do you have a favourite sea salt to use at home? 

I love the simplicity of a good sprinkle of the Flakes on some buttered toast, or the flavour of the Smoked Flakes on the skin of a roast chicken, but I also love how easily the simple seasonings can perk food up, even if it's just a bit of the Chilli Hit on a poached egg or a salad. The Savoury Umami goes into a lot of my cooking - I used it on roast lamb recently and it was brilliant. 

If you could design any new salt, what would it be and why?

When I was in London recently I had some charcuterie that had been seasoned with horseradish salt - it was super savoury and spicy, and I couldn't get enough of it - the kind of horseradish that gets up your nose. Horseradish salt would be brilliant and could work across a good many cuisines. Or, at the other end of the scale, a simple vanilla salt to go on or in sweet food. 

Which chef, restaurant or business would you most like to collaborate with? 

Ah ha - there are many! I've spent much of my adult life being a greedy swine and so have a long list of dream restaurants to eat in and chefs to work with. There are so many chefs with truly awesome and unique ideas - I'm so lucky that Cornish Sea Salt is such a brilliant ingredient that it opens doors and conversations. On a personal level, I'd probably totally lose my cool and fall over if I met Angela Hartnett. 

What are your hobbies? 

It depends on the time of year; life and activities in Cornwall are very driven by the light and the weather. In the spring and summer I try to get on or in the water as much as possible, or to the beach for BBQs and swimming. In autumn and winter my life is much more about coast path walks, pub lunches and sitting by a fire, enjoying the calm and peace. Everything usually has a food element though. 

What part of Cornwall do you find the most beautiful? 

My family are from the Lizard, so that's where I tend to be when I'm not working and it'll always be my favourite part of Cornwall. The southern side of the Helford River is pretty central to my life, all the way round to Coverack. There is a LOT of Cornwall I haven't seen yet though. It's just generally a glorious place, Kernow. I love it. 

Taken from SEASONED: ISSUE 1, the first edition of Cornish Sea Salt's new food magazine.