Minty lamb bake gets Smithfield thumbs up
A Minty Lamb Bake from Dennis of Bexley, Kent, was flavour of the day when it took the supreme prize at the Guild of Q Butchers' 2006 Smithfield Awards.
A Minty Lamb Bake from Dennis of Bexley, Kent, was flavour of the day when it took the supreme prize at the Guild of Q Butchers' 2006 Smithfield Awards yesterday (14 November).
Linda Mulford, who devised the winner, told MTJ that although the dish, which uses Macduff Scotch Lamb, had been available in the shop for sometime, they had only decided this year to enter the product in the awards. "The bake has always been a very good seller and in fact we have a number of ready meal products that are also very popular." The bake is made from de-fatted lamb which is cooked and with mixed vegetables and a minty sauce and topped with saute potatoes and cheese.
Beating off stiff competition from over 540 other products the Minty Lamb Bake also took the Diamond award in the Kitchen Ready category with Dennis of Bexley receiving 13 golds, five silver and three bronze for other products entered.
The award was presented at a special lunch held at Butchers Hall by special guest celebrity chef and restaurateur Ed Baines. Baines said he was pleased to see contemporary butchers doing so well adding: "Butchers are much appreciated not just for the quality of their products and service, but also for their humour and wit. I very much respect and admire what you do and I hope that the link between butchers and chefs continues to thrive."
Other Diamond awards winners were:
Sausages - Stuarts of Buckhaven Fife, pork and cracked black pepper
Burgers - Halls of Hazelmere, Bucks, with quarter chicken burger
Cooked Meats - Boxley's of Wombourne, South Staffs, with ox tongue
Bacon and Cured Products - Walter Smith (Birmingham) Ltd. Cannock with short back bacon
Pies & Bakery - Byford's Traditional Fresh Foods of Rayleigh, Essex with Cornish Pastier
Christmas Products - Buckwells of Southsea with sweet apple stuffed loin of pork.
Awards sponsored by EBLEX for the best products made from English beef and lamb were:
Sausages - Allan Bennett Ltd.. Codsall, Wolverhampton, with lamb and apricot
Burgers - Walter Smith (Birmingham) Ltd Lichfield, with beef burger
Cooked Meats - Boxleys of Wombourne with ox tongue
Pies & Bakery - Geo Middlemiss & Son, Otley, West Yorkshire with Family steak and potato pie
Kitchen Ready - Lidgates of Holland Park, London, with lamb casserole
Christmas Products - Hayman's of Sidmouth, Devon, with steak and walnut pie.
Awards sponsored by BPEX for the best PORK products were:
Sausage - Stuarts of Buckhaven with pork and cracked black pepper
Burgers - The Blagdon Farm Shop, Newcastle, with Blagdon country farmhouse burger
Pies & Bakery - Byford's Traditional Fresh Foods with Cornish Pastie
Kitchen Ready - Geo Middlemiss & son with hog roast
Christmas Products - Buckwell's of Southsea with sweet apple stuffed loin of pork.
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