National Festive Meat Products competition announces winners
The first National Festive Meat Products competition organised by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) rewarded the best yuletide meat creations last week.
More than 60 butchers, guests and industry representatives from across the UK attended the event, which saw judges Graham Palfrey, Jack Tuckley, Derek White and John Taylor MBE award 27 gold, 24 silver and two bronze certificates amongst the 60 entries.
Paul Swain representing Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd, Derbyshire, picked up awards for Cold Eating Pie and Festive Product of the Day, with Turkey and Cranberry Pork Pie.
In addition, Damon Buckingham of Buckingham’s Artisan Butchery in Southwark, London, won four out of nine awards for Festive Fresh Meat Roast, Mini Ham, Pigs in Blankets and Innovative Festive Product with a Traditional Porchetta Christmas Roast.
Other winners included Edis of Ely, Cambridgeshire, with Andrew Edis winning the Festive Stuffing category with a Cranberry and Apple Stuffing; Andrew Ringrose from Broughton Abbey, Leicestershire, won Festive Poultry Roast with a Yuletide Layer Roast while Woods Butcher’s Steve Connor, from Liverpool, celebrated winning Festive Chipolata with his Caramelised Onion and Cracked Black Pepper recipe.
Also included in the itinerary were two Butchers’ Forums chaired by NFMFT CEO, Roger Kelsey, where tips and opportunities were explored as well as demonstrations and presentations from Mike Richardson (AHDB), Danny Upson (Dalziel), Alex Farr (Innovative Food Ingredients), Eleanor Lelliott (Leonards Ingredients), Steve Derrick (Lucas Ingredients) and John Gallagher (McDonnells).