Smithfield award-winning butchers revealed

The recipients of the Smithfield Awards were announced at Butcher’s Hall yesterday, with the Supreme Champion title won by a Manchester butcher.

Corry’s Butchers in Bramhall, Greater Manchester, won a Diamond award for its Pork Pie with a Twist. The butcher’s then went on to win the highest accolade of Supreme Champion after winning the award in 2012 with its Porchetta Pork Roast.

Run by the Q Guild of butchers, the awards received 479 product entries from 54 Q Guild butchers from across the country. After a day of judging at City of Glasgow College, the judges awarded eight diamond awards. The awards ceremony was held at Butcher’s Hall in London yesterday, and the awards were presented by Matthew Fort, food and drink editor at The Guardian and judge on BBC TV series The Great British Menu.

Diamond awards were also presented to the following butchers: Allan Bennett, of Codsall, who scooped two diamond awards – one for his Pork & Black Pudding Sausage, which was named Best Sausage, and one for his Festive Pie, which won the title of Best Cold Eating Pie; Frank Parker Butchers, of Nuneaton, for its Homecured Smoked Black Treacle Bacon, which was also crowned the Best English Bacon product and Best Bacon and Cured Product; Andrews Quality Butchers, of Hadleigh, Suffolk won a diamond award for its Steak, Mushroom & Adnams Ale Pie, which was Best Hot Eating Pie; Edwards of Conwy also picked up a diamond award and the Best Ready Meal title for its Moroccan Style Chicken & Chick Pea Stew; Owen Taylor & Sons of Alfreton, Derbyshire, won the prestigious Best Burger title, along with a diamond award for its Moroccan Lamb 6oz Burger; Jon Thorner’s, of Pylle, Somerset, produced the Best Ready to Eat Meal, Packington Honey Clove Ham, which was also diamond-rated.

On Tameside, Pearson Butchers, from Ashton-under-Lyne, won Bpex’s Best English Beef award for its Beetroot & Horseradish Sausage.

James of Shepperton, in Middlesex, won Eblex’s Best English Lamb title for its Minted Lamb Pie, while Bennetts Quality Meats, in Bury, won Quality Meat Scotland’s Best Scotch Beef accolade for its Gourmet Steak Burger with Garlic.

Patricks of Camelon, in Falkirk, scooped the Best Scottish Lamb prize for its Savoury Meatballs, while Ellisons Butchers, of Cullingworth, Bradford, won Best Pork Sausage.

Q Guild national chairman and West Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy said: “The Smithfield Awards are among the meat industry’s most esteemed and cherished accolades, recognising and rewarding both product quality and innovation, as well as reflecting the skills continually demonstrated by our members – Great British butchers one and all.”

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