Leeds carries the day in Yorkshire butcher competition

Leeds butchers were celebrating after reigning supreme at the 2011 Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition this weekend.

Steve Martin, of Bentleys Butchers, Robin Lane, Pudsey, retained the Pork Pie Supreme Championship, while Paul Flintoft Butchers, of High Street, Kippax, was Supreme Sausage Champion.

The 23rd annual competition, one of the UK’s biggest and best-known regional meat trades contests, organised by the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils, was held at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford and attracted 300 entries from butchers across the county.

Bentleys, which also clinched Supreme Sausage Championship honours in 2010, retained the pork pie title at this year’s renewal with its first prize traditional pork pie. Steve Martin, who has been running the business for 20 years, said: “The pie is made using a secret recipe, which has been passed down over the years and tweaked by myself.” Bentleys also finished third in the thin pork sausage class.
Paul Flintoft, who established his shop in 2002, saw his first-prize thick pork sausages go on to be crowned Supreme Champion for the first time. As a result of the win, he qualifies for next year’s national ‘Champion of Champions’ sausage-making competition, organised by Meat Trades Journal.

Both the Reserve Supreme Pork Pie and Sausage titles fell to a first-time competition entrant, Bolster Moor Farm Shop at Golcar in Huddersfield, while Netherton Butchers at Hinchliffe Farm Shop, Huddersfield, won the Black Pudding Championship.

Gledhills Butchers, of Stanley, Wakefield, won the Beef Burger Championship while a ‘New Kid on the Block’ Trophy, awarded to first-time competition entrants, fell to Rob Inman, of D J Fenton Butchers, Tickhill, Doncaster, who picked up third prizes in both the thick pork sausage and speciality sausage classes.

Meanwhile, Kendall’s Farm Butchers, of Pateley Bridge and Harrogate, won the Speciality Cold Eating Pie class with its pork, black pudding and apple pie.

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