Before relish, It all started when…
Peadar Casey (from Cork) and Stephen Bray (from Dublin) met in college twenty years ago and have been best friends ever since. Their first adventures together involved traveling extensively in many parts of the world.
In 2000 they visited the United States and lived in San Francisco for the first time. Then over the years they were off to South Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Later they began their longest trip, driving motorbikes from the southernmost tip of South America to the northernmost tip of Alaska.
Along the way the two friends cooked and made a tomato relish recipe that had been handed down in Peadar’s family from his grandmother.
“We put it on everything. Various forms of barbecue is loved in many of the places we visited, and our tomato relish was hugely popular with the people we met. In Argentina, our new friends made chimichurri sauce for us, and we made Irish Relish for them!”
Reaching the end of the road and the end of their money, the two friends had to go to work.
Their next big adventure together was to be the food business. The name of their tomato relish is a tribute to Peadar’s great grand uncle. Judge Casey is part of family lore and was a hero to the kids growing up.
“His achievements and success as an Irish immigrant inspire us,” relates Stephen, “so we named our Irish tomato relish after him.