Sausage designed to raise flood relief funds

An official Chertsey Sausage, which will be used to raise funds for flood relief, has been unveiled after being selected by members of the Surrey public and Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis.

The winning sizzler contains a blend of chorizo, Cabernet Sauvignon, shallots and Monterey Jack cheese. It was created by Chris Mallory from Chesterfield.

Q Guild butchers James of Shepperton and newspaper the Surrey Herald teamed up to create a Chertsey Sausage, named after the Chertsey aqua dam created during the flooding, which could be used to raise funds across the country. They appealed to the public to come up with suggestions, and a shortlist of three recipe ideas was put forward by readers.

James of Shepperton then cooked up the bangers at a barbecue outside its Laleham Road shop. Members of the public were invited to vote for their favourites, before local celebrity Theo Paphitis made the final call.
Mallory, 43, was raised in Shepperton, said the recipe was inspired by the Mediterranean. He also cleverly included the word Chertsey in the ingredients list: Chorizo, Cabernet Sauvignon, shallots and Monterey Jack.

The champion paid tribute to James of Shepperton for making his recipe work and coming up with the fund-raising initiative.

James Lally of James of Shepperton will now roll out the sausage to fellow Q Guild butchers, who have been invited to sell the sausages to raise funds for flood relief. He hopes they will chip in £1 for every kg sold.

James said: “The creativity that went into all three shortlisted sausages was astounding. We had just two days to make them and get them tasting right. In fact, it took me a day just to get all the ingredients! They all tasted amazing and it was such a difficult choice, but we now have an official Chertsey Sausage that’s set to be sold nationally to help swell the flood relief kitty.

“Thanks are due to all who have supported the initiative – the whole James of Shepperton team, our local paper, recipe competition entrants, members of the public, fellow Q Guild butchers and Mr Paphitis for his high-profile involvement.”

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