National Meat Products Competition Supreme Champion crowned

Craig Finch of Craig Finch Butchers in Harborne, Birmingham, has won the Supreme Champion accolade at this year’s National Meat Products Competition

Run by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) and held at this year’s Foodex show at the NEC in Birmingham, the event attracted 382 products from 48 butchers, farm shops and delis.

Finch, who won the 2014 Champion of Champions award, won the speciality sausage category and the Supreme Sausage category as well as the top prize for his pork and leek sausages.

On winning the award he said: “It’s an honour to win and great for the business. The staff are always pleased when we when as it’s a recognition of the hard work they do.”
A regular contestant on the competition circuit, Finch took the last few months off from competitions and was involved in the judging process of other awards. “It was interesting but the joy for me is in competing. I love entering these awards so it was hard to stay away.”

NFMFT chief executive Roger Kelsey said it was tough year for the judges, given the sheer number of great products. “The standards were very high this year and the number of products shows great enthusiasm for the sector.”

Special mention went to the black pudding category which attracted particular interest, and new category, scotch egg which also proved very popular.

WINNERS


Traditional Pork Sausage: Michael F Kennedy Ye Olde Pork Sausage
Pork Speciality Sausage: Craig Finch Pork & Leek Sausage
Pork Pie: Allan Bennett Picnic Pork Pie
Meat Speciality Sausage: Michael F Kennedy Moroccan Lamb
Meat in Pastry: Robin Maycock Chicken & Ham Vol-au-Vent
Speciality Hot Eating Pie: Katie Thompkinson Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie
Speciality Cold Eating Pie: Richard Taylor Pork w/ Stilton Pie
Meat Pasty: Robin Maycock Beef Pasty
Sausage Roll: Kieran Meehan Pork Sausage Roll
Charcuterie: David Lishman English Chorizo
Beef Burger: Philip Cripps Beef Burger
Meat Speciality Burger: Paul Clarke Steak & Cheese Burger
Black Pudding: Andrew Holt Festive Black Pudding
White Pudding: Mark Harrison Irish White Pudding
Streaky Bacon: Martin Wilkinson Home-cured Streaky Bacon
Back Bacon: Philip Cripps Cherry-smoked Back Bacon
Bacon Joint: Seamus Hegarty Garden Herb Bacon Joint
Ready Meal: Stephen Robertson Lamb Beaujolais Ready Meal
Scotch Egg: Robin Maycock Scotch Egg

Supreme Sausage & Supreme Champion: Craig Finch Pork & Leek Sausage

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