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Manchester’s Sweet Mandarin twins taste success ahead of Sainsbury’s sauce launch

By Helen Le Caplain

Twin chefs and restaurateurs who found fame and fortune on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den will launch their East Asian sauce range through supermarket chain Sainsbury’s early next month.

Lisa and Helen Tse, from Sweet Mandarin, will release three restaurant quality sauces on December 4 including sweet chilli, sweet & sour, and barbeque for 500 of the chain’s Free From range.

This is following Duncan Bannatyne and Hilary Devey’s offer of £50,000 for 20% each of the sauces.

Lisa Tse, Managing Director of Sweet Mandarin Sauces, said: “We are delighted to be launching our gluten free Chinese dipping sauces through Sainsbury’s, giving us national distribution with a partner who like us, believes food should be at the highest quality.

“We can’t wait to work with Sainsbury’s. It is a dream come true for a British manufacturer like us”.

Each sauce is hand-mixed by Chef Lisa in the Sweet Mandarin kitchen and tells part of the tale of the Tse family history.

Using secret recipes passed down through generations, Lisa adds a modern take on the authentic flavours and aromas found in China’s street markets in every bottle.

The initial range, which is vegan accredited, gluten-free, and contains no monosodium glutamate or artificial colouring, were produced as a response to customers’ demands for an authentic Chinese food experience.

A Sainsbury’s senior buyer said the supermarket chain was hugely impressed with the products.

He said: “The sauces are excellent and are something our customers will want and enjoy.

“The Sweet Mandarin brand fits perfectly with our ethos to encourage customers to try something new.

“Working with Helen and Lisa is fun and they have the passion and drive to succeed.”

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