Naked Byron Dips might sound the branding for a new softcore tourism campaign, but the local dip manufacturer, who has just won gold and silver medals at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food awards, says the name reflects the fact that the dips are made using local product, when available, and without any nasty additives.
‘We get asked all sorts of funny things’, said owner Anthony Goddard, ‘such as “Does that mean the chefs aren’t wearing any clothes when they are making the pesto?”’
The Naked chefs must be adding something special to the Rocket and Macadamia Pesto, which was awarded a gold medal. The Basil Pesto and the Roast Pumpkin dips both received a silver gong, making three medals from three entries.
The whole range is GMO and gluten free, and Anthony removed the cheese from the award-winning Basil Pesto to make it dairy free. The hoummus, roast pumpkin and baba ganoush dips are also dairy free.
Anthony believes the local company will continue to expand. ‘We are expanding, and are moving into state-of-the-art premises at the Byron Food Hub in Mullumbimby in October’, he says, ‘I see the opportunity to have the Naked Byron experience wherever you are in Australia’.