Midlands butcher wins three awards

A last-minute decision to submit some products to the BPEX East Midlands roadshow and product evaluation event proved to be a good one for butcher Lindsay Dawes.

A last-minute decision to submit some products to the BPEX East Midlands roadshow and product evaluation event proved to be a good one for butcher Lindsay Dawes.

The proprietor of Westlands Farm Shop won the coveted award for his 'Traditional Pork Pie', as well as triumphing in both the Traditional Pork Pie and Home Cured Gammon categories.

Other successful butchers at the event last week included Ivans Family Butchers and Easthope - Boxley, who both picked up two category champion awards, and Young Sausage Maker Rob Inman, who achieved great success with his first-ever competition entry.

With over 180 products to evaluate from 32 butchers, the judges had a difficult task. As BPEX butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said: "The high standard of products was clearly evident and was further demonstrated by the fact that 87% achieved a gold, silver or bronze award."

After picking up his awards, Lindsay said: "I'm so very pleased. It is our tenth anniversary this year and this is a real boost. It is difficult to find the time to enter awards and this was very 'spur of the moment'; the products were literally picked off the shelf and are exactly what the customers get."

It was a double celebration for Rob Inman, who was awarded the Young Sausage Maker champion title on his 20th birthday. Rob said: "I'm really happy and didn't expect to do so well first time out. The recipe is based on a traditional Lincolnshire sausage, although we have tweaked it slightly. We knew it was good, as it is one of the most popular with customers, but it is fantastic to get this extra recognition."

Rob started at DJ Fenton's with a Saturday job at 16 and now works full-time behind the counter. He continued: "We're proud of our products; the pork comes from good-quality pigs, all of which are sourced from one farm, and I think it is this that shone through in the competition."

Fisher added: "We're continually impressed with the skill and quality that is displayed by butchers at the product evaluation events, especially those young and new to the trade. It was encouraging to have such a good turn-out from butchers and our congratulations go to all of those who picked up an award."

The next roadshow and product evaluation takes place at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire on 18 February 2009. For more details and to download an entry form visit www.porkforbutchers.co.uk or contact Jackie Hawkes at BPEX on 01908 844 107.

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