About us and our vegetable crisps
We are Leighton Brown, a Mackem, a Pole and an Irishman, that may sound like a beginning of a joke but we can assure you we are deadly serious about vegetable crisps! We are Cara, Chris and Dom and we met 15 years ago, while working in a restaurant above an East London pub. We decided to use our culinary skills to create the tastiest vegetable crisps on the market..
How we got started
In 2009, Cara wondered if there might be a gap in the market for some vegetable crisps. When her suspicions were confirmed it was not long before she was experimenting away with flavour combinations before hitting on the winning marriage of Parsnips Crisps and Manuka Honey. She then approached her restaurant-savvy friends to help her develop the idea and create some vegetable crisp magic.
From the very beginning our aim was simple, to make really tasty vegetable crisps bursting with flavour. We’ve set our hearts on coming up with great combinations that are a genuine treat for the taste buds. We achieve this by creating fusions of flavours, using a mix of traditional, bold and distinctive ingredients.
We are passionate about vegetable crisps and delivering new combinations of harmonious, creative and interesting flavours. Our ideas are created in the Leighton Brown Kitchen, nestled in the heart of Hackney. They come to life within the fertile Fenland of Cambridgeshire. Our unique range is made with all natural, non-GM ingredients and contains no “nasties”. They are vegetarian, gluten free and our Beetroot Crisps are suitable for vegans. Leighton Brown Crisps have been awarded several prestigious Great Taste Awards by the Guild of Fine Food. In 2016 the judges at the Great Taste Awards decided to give us a gold star to all three of our flavours!
Armed with a brave mission to bring the tastiest vegetable crisps to snackers nationwide, Leighton Brown ran in guns-a-blazing. We worked full time and built the business in our lunch times, evenings and weekends. Then after some great feedback and fast growth we decided to really go for it. We quit our jobs and run full steam ahead. We managed to start and build the business on small savings and without any big marketing or advertising campaigns, simply by having a great product and word of mouth from happy customers.
Our range has unique flavour combinations including Parsnip with Manuka Honey, Sweet Potato with Cheese and Jalapeno and Beetroot with Horseradish and Dill. Over the years we have had the pleasure to work with some of the most amazing brands in the country. From major food halls, through to hotels, cinemas and pubs of Fullers Estate, all the way to independent grocery, deli and coffee shops as well and independent pubs and restaurants.