A ROTHBURY butcher has racked up six top awards as it plans to open a new branch of its business.
Run by Morris Adamson, Rothbury Family Butchers, received a gold award for each of the six sausages it entered into the BPEX Foodservice Sausage of the Year Competition.
And not only that but the butchers also scored a massive 98 and 99 per cent in each cateogry it entered.
The competition is probably one of the most passionately-fought food competitions in the world and has entries of more than 400 products each year.
The competition is spilt into five categories.
All sausages entered are judged by top food industry experts and given marks accordingly.
To receive a gold award, sausages have to score 95 per cent or more.
And Rothbury Family Butchers’ latest creation – pork, pear and black pudding – was judged best of the best and has made it through to the final tasting test in London on October 21.
Mr Adamson said: “Nowadays to win any gold in competitions is amazing as they’re only given out to products scoring 95 per cent or above but to get six is unbelievable.
“I got the idea for the sausage at a restaurant when I had black pudding topped with pear chutney for a starter. I thought the combination worked well so tried it in a sausage and fortunately for us it’s come up trumps.
“Our sausage maker Michael Magneron deserves the credit as he is a perfectionist when it comes to making them and put a lot of time and effort into making our creations.”
Michael, who is soon to leave the Rothbury shop to manage Rothbury Family Butchers’ new franchise which is opening soon at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, near Morpeth, will join Morris in London for the awards ceremony.
He said: “It’s particularly rewarding as two of the sausages entered have never been entered in a competition before so to get gold at the first attempt was fantastic for us”.
The winning recipes are traditional pork, pork, Stilton and asparagus, the Rothbury Devil (pork & chilli), pork and caramelised onion, The Cragside Cracker (pork, rosemary and red onion) and pork, pear and black pudding.