Craig Finch wins Champion of Champions for second year running

Craig Finch has been announced winner ofMeat Trades Journal's annualsausage competitionChampion of Champions for the second year in a row.

The judging took place at the annual Bakers and Butchers Fair at the Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire yesterday (12 October), with the results revealed by celebrity host Keith Chegwin.

Finch from Craig Finch Butchers said it felt "fantastic" to win, and that he couldnt believe he had won it two years running. "Its hard work, but its worth it when you win the trophy," said Finch.

Finch explained that it was important to get the right promotion in the local press, and that winning competitions like this did help to raise the profile of a business.

Keith Fisher, butchery and product development manager at Bpex, and competition judge, said he was continually impressed by the standard of the entries in the competition. He explained that, a couple of years ago, you could walk along the tables of entries and see instantly who really cared about winning and who didnt, but now he says that all the entries show passion and care.

"The standard of entries has really come on in leaps and bounds," he said. "Everyone wants to win Champion of Champions. You have the best sausages in the British Isles lined up against each other, so youve got to be good, and anybody who walks away with the title of Champion of Champions knows that theyve made a really good sausage."


Finalists:

Alexander Webb from West Moors Fine Foods


Andrew Edmonds from Bradwell Butchery


Andrew Shufflebotham from Cheerbrook Quality Farm Food


Christopher Cripps from Greens of Pangbourne


Craig Finch from Craig Finch Butchers (three entries)


David Barr from Brighton Sausage Co


David Purser from The Master Butcher


David Smith from Perfick Pork


Gary Wills from MC Kelly


Graham Lawson from John Lawson Butchers


Greg Hull from Frasers Butchers


Ivan Thompson from The Sausage Shed


Katherine Abdy from Underwood Meat Company


Mark Lewis from F R Kennedy & Son


Mathew Edwards from Vaughans Family Butchers


Michael Shirt from Stanedge Grange Butchery


Neil Corry from Corrys Butchers (collected by Janice Corry)


Simon Broadribb from Uptons of Bassett


Simon Haigh from Bolster Moor Farm Shop (two entries)


Simon Osborne from The Blagdon Farm Shop


Steve and Helen Vaughan from Vaughans Family Butchers


Trevor Fairburn from Trevor Fairburn Butchers

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