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Butchers pot the top prizes


BUTCHERS across the north and north-east are celebrating after winning a series of prizes.

Davidsons in Inverurie has been declared Scotland’s best potted-meat producer, while Ullapool’s Food for Thought, run by Dave Gordon, scooped the Scottish sliced sausage championship.

Regional championships for north Scotland have also gone to Kingussie’s George Gow for his black pudding and Dingwall-based John M. Munro for its beef sausages.

The wins come in annual competitions run by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders’ Associations.

It is the first time it has run a contest for potted meat, a cult Scottish delicacy and essentially jellied boiled beef with lots of spices.

SFTMA chief executive Douglas Scot said Mr Gordon’s win was a real coup.

“The sliced sausage is an icon for Scottish food, often craved by expats, so Food for Thought’s success is all the more striking given the importance of the square’s (sausage) popularity in the central belt.”

Mr Gow and John M. Munro now go forward to the national finals.

Mr Gow was delighted with his win, saying his recipe was extra special.

John M. Munro boss Charlie Munro put his success down to the quality of beef used and the dedication of his staff in the shop in Dingwall’s High Street.

Other results were: potted meat: gold – W. Reid Butchers, Hopeman, near Elgin. Silver – Duncan M. Fraser, Inverness; Bert Fowlie, Strichen; George Gow, Kingussie; Globe Butchers, Lerwick.

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