George Payne Butchers shines in Q Guild Smithfield Awards
George Payne Butchers in Brunton Park, Gosforth, bagged a brace of gold awards in the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards, the annual product evaluation event open to the Guild’s 110 members nationwide.
One the gold award wiiners, Smoked Brisket Burger, received a maximum 100 out of 100 marks.
The burgers are made to a recipe developed in-house by shop manager Alex Daley. “We smoke our own brisket and add it to our lean chuck beef and spice blend. Most of our beef at the moment comes from Dexter cattle reared specially for us from a farmer supplier in Bilsdale, North Yorkshire,” explained owner George Payne.
The other gold fell to the Princes Road shop’s Lamb Cutlets with Mint kitchen-ready product. These come from organic free range lamb sourced from Tom Burn, on Holy Island. They are then brushed with an oil and herb mixture.
George Payne Butchers is renowned its long-term commitment to supplying meat from naturally reared rare and native breed cattle, sheep and pigs, further cementing its support of British farmers and the British farming industry.
At the awards ceremony staged in Ironmongers Hall, London, Q Guild national chairman, Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull, paid special tribute to Mr Payne. He is a founder member of the Guild and a former national and north-east regional chairman. Mr Turnbull said: “He has been a huge influence to me personally and his passion for butchery and the Q Guild is legendary.”
Owton’s Butchers in Southampton is the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion – the highest honour a Q Butcher can achieve – with its Dry Cured Green Streaky Bacon, which had earlier picked up a coveted diamond award as the best product in the bacon and cured products category. Marked a perfect 100 out of 100, it was also chosen as Best English Bacon product.
The Smithfield Awards, the 29th year they have been staged, were open to all Q Guild members UK-wide and this year attracted a record entry of 472 individual products across nine categories from 56 Q butchers – more than half the national membership – were submitted this year.
All were judged by independent panels of food and meat industry experts. The measure of quality was indicated when nine products received top-rated diamond awards, 221 products clinched gold – representing 51% of the total entry – while 113 silver and 72 bronze awards were also handed out.
Trophies and certificates were presented by Monica Galetti, one of the best-known female chefs in London and presenter and judge on BBC2’s MasterChef: The Professionals. (Thus, Nov 19) Mr Turnbull, said: “The Smithfield Awards remain one of the most demanding and stringent product evaluation tests in the land and the esteem in which they are held is clearly demonstrated by the fact that this year has seen record entries from a record number of businesses.
“All products need to be at the very top of their game to stand a chance of success and nothing says ‘we’re the best’ like winning a Smithfield Award. They remain among the meat industry’s most esteemed accolades, not only motivating recipients to introduce even more successful products, but also providing ideas and inspiration to fellow Q Guildmembers across the nation.”
The 2015 Smithfield Awards were sponsored by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), which supports the English beef, lamb and pig meat sectors, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), Lucas Ingredients, Dalziel, The Scobie & Junor Group, Comark A Fluke Co, Hawk Systems, MRC and Innovative Food Ingredients.