George Payne bags silver awards double in Belgium
A silver awards double was achieved by Gosforth butcher George Payne in a high profile international product evaluation event.
Payne’s Brunton Park shop struck silver with Lamb Mint & Redcurrant Sausage, and Lamb Mint & Redcurrant Burger at Meat & Fresh Expo, said to be the leading event for the European fresh food sector and staged in Kortrijk, Belgium. (March 24-27)
Both award-winning products are made from locally sourced lamb, based on a recipe submitted by six-year-old Daniel Bansal, of Gosforth, which last year won a competition staged by George Payne Butchers around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the shop’s own 25th anniversary.
Paynes also received a bronze award in Belgium for its Apple Smoked Bacon with Cider, using dry-cured back bacon from naturally reared Scottish-bred pigs, supplied through Millers of Speyside, then cured with cider and smoked in-house over apple wood.
The bi-annual contest included entries from a strong UK contingent representing the national Butchers Q Guild, of which George Payne is a founder member. He said: “Q Guild butchers flew the flag for the Brits in Belgium and came away with a near 70- strong windfall of award-winning products, multiple golds among them.”
The shop’s Apple Smoked Bacon with Cider also picked up a second silver product evaluation accolade in BPEX’s national awards staged as part of the annual Bacon Connoiseurs’ Week last month, (March) also taking a second silver for dry-cured back bacon.