Gammon steak wins Bpex regional competition

Bath butcher’s G Mitchard & Sons have been crowned overall champion of the south west region for its home-cured gammon steak.

Brian and Barbara Mitchard, owners of the 100-year-old family business, had never competed before. The gammon steak, made by their son Chris, received both the gold award in the home-cured gammon category and the regional title.

Barbara said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We know Chris cures and produces some really lovely bacon and gammon, but not having entered an industry competition before, we really didn’t know how it would fare. The feedback from the judges was astonishing; they said it was unusual for gammon to take the regional title but ours was so succulent and tasty that it really couldn’t be faulted.

“I think the real reason we did so well is that we don’t compromise on the quality of the meat. We source all our pigs locally and ensure they don’t travel far, which really makes a difference. We make all our products here, and to get this sort of recognition really makes it worth all the effort.”

The shop is also renowned for its home-made ‘faggots’ distributed in local pubs and chip shops.

Other winners of the Bpex roadshow competition included T Buttling Butchers from Shaftesbury in Dorset, who received two Champion awards for their ‘Traditional Pork Pie’ and ‘Lamb and Redcurrant Pie’, and Haymans Butchers from Sidmouth in Devon, who got the ‘Beef Sausage’ and ‘Corned Beef Hash’ champion awards.

Bpex product marketing manager Claire Holland said: “The turn-out from butchers in the south west never disappoints. With 87% of entries picking up an award, it’s clear that butchers in the south west are some of the best in the country. Congratulations to all the Champions and everyone who took part.”

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