Craig Finch wins Champion of Champions for second year running
Craig Finch has been announced winner of Meat Trades Journal's annual sausage competition Champion 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 couldn’t believe he had won it two years running. "It’s hard work, but it’s 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 didn’t, 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 you’ve got to be good, and anybody who walks away with the title of Champion of Champions knows that they’ve made a really good sausage."
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 Corry’s 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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