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Three gold award wins at the Smithfield Awards for George Payne Butchers.

Six-year-old’s sausage sizzles in national awards arena

George Payne Butchers in Brunton Park, Gosforth, has notched up a hat-trick of gold award wins in a national product evaluation event – and one of them fell to a sausage created by a
six-year-old!

The awards windfall was achieved at the annual Smithfield Awards, organised by the Butchers Q Guild, the UK’s top independent butchers’ organisation, and held at The Butchers Hall in London.

One of the gold awards fell to a lamb, mint and redcurrant jelly sausage created by Daniel Bansal, from Gosforth. The youngster’s banger was chosen as the winner of a competition run by the Princes Road shop earlier this year, when customers were challenged to create a signature sausage fit for the sovereign, as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Payne’s own 25th anniversary in business.

Butcher George Payne said that Daniel’s sausages, made in-house with meat from Northumberland prime lambs, had since been selling like hotcakes and had tripled lamb sausage sales at the shop. George, a founder member of the Q Guild, said: “They have proved so popular that we decided to enter them in the national product evaluation event, which attracted over 400 entries from Q Guild butchers across the UK.“

Products were assessed by an independent panel of judges, made up of both industry experts and lay judges, and the fact they chose Daniel’s sausage as a gold award winner is true testimony to the talents of the six-year-old.”

The right royal sizzler – a pack was actually sent to the Queen – was devised by Daniel, in his own words, “because the Queen is a grandma and grandmas make a nice Sunday lunch. It is also daddy’s favourite.”

Daniel’s own Grandma Joan also lives in Gosforth and dad Parvin said: “He is over the moon that his sausage has won a top award in a national competition featuring some of the country’s leading butchers.”

The two other George Payne Butchers’ gold award-winning products were lamb burger with mint and redcurrant, and smoked back bacon. For good measure, the shop also received a silver award for its oak-smoked streaky bacon.

Awards were presented by broadcaster and food critic Jay Rayner. Established in 1986, the Q Guild promotes traditional craft skills and award winning meat products. Its UK members serve £3 million worth of meat and related products to over a quarter of a million consumers every week.

George Payne has been a traditional family butcher for over 40 years and established his own business in Brunton Park in June, 1987. The shop sources locally fed and reared meat products – notably rare breeds beef, lamb and pork – through long-established field-to-plate partnerships with Northumberland farmers.

George is one of celebrity chef Rick Stein’s “Food Heroes.” The shop has won numerous local, regional, national and international awards over the years in meat trade competitions.

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