Pork and apple burger tops Bpex roadshow

A pork and apple burger topped the fourth leg of the Pork Product Excellence Awards and Bpex Regional Roadshow.

The burger was one of 114 products exhibited in hope of an award at the Newark Showground as part of Bpex’s Regional Roadshow, which took place in the East Midlands on 29 November.

The burger was entered by Robin Maycock Family Butchers of Holloway and, according to organisers, was the star of the show as it topped both the pork burger category as well as clinching the prestigious Overall Champion title for the East Midlands region.   

Maycock’s is one of a few shops in the country to still have its own abattoir and for siblings Jonathan and Emily Maycock, who run the shop, winning the award came as a surprise. Jonathan said: “I can’t believe our burger was judged the best pork product in the East Midlands. We know it is a great recipe, but to stand out against so many excellent entries is really quite fantastic.

“It sells really well in the summer, especially at food fairs, but its popularity doesn’t wane in winter either, which is why we took it along with four other products for evaluation. As the entry that needed the least preparation, we really weren’t expecting it to do so well.”

However, Maycock’s was not the only shop to take home a prize. Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop, run by husband-and-wife team Barry and Louise Jarvis, picked up five golds and two silvers, as well as two category champion titles. Louise said the couple were delighted with their triumphs. She said: “It is always nice to come away with gold, but to get the champion titles is fantastic. They’ve gone up on the wall straight away.”

It was not only those with years of experience reeling in the awards, as apprentice butcher James Pritty of E W Coates in Matlock was crowned Champion Young Sausage Maker, despite being only 17 and in the trade nine months. Pritty said: “I’m really enjoying it, and my favourite job is sausage-making. It’s an established recipe, but I’ve learned how to make it just right.”

Of the East Midlands leg, Bpex butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said: “This was another successful stop in the region, which saw butchers venture out in some quite harsh weather conditions. But it proved to be a worth it as, from the 114 entries, 111 picked up an award – two-thirds of which were gold.

“We had some exemplary products and were delighted to welcome and reward new talent to the event, including our newest Young Sausage Maker, James Pritty. He has demonstrated what a little bit of hard work and talent can achieve.”

Bpex will be stopping in the North East of England next on 30 January 2013 for the next leg of the Regional Roadshow.

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>Bpex goes back on the road

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