A Coventry-based sausage maker is battling it out to be crowned as the best banger in the country.
Aubrey Allen, a Coventry butcher’s with outlets in Leamington Spa, is now in the running to be crowned ‘Foodservice Sausage of the Year Champions 2014′ after judges sampled more than 230 sausages and whittled them down to just fifteen finalists.
A team of leading industry experts are bidding to find Britain’s finest sausage, with five categories open to sausage makers and butchers, including Traditional Pork Sausage, Specialty Pork Sausage, Best Innovative Pork Sausage and Best Export Sausage.
Aubrey Allen has gained success in the Best Hot Dog category with its Maple Cured Gammon, Maple Syrup, Chipotle Chilli with Smoked Paprika and Fennel Hot Dog.
The sausage initially received a Gold Award for its quality, before going on to be selected as one of the fifteen finalists from a pool of 230.
The dish will now battle it out for the coveted Overall Champion title after Aubrey Allen scooped another gold and two silver awards in the competition, which recognises and rewards the best sausages served in pubs, restaurants, hotels and canteens across the country.
The fifteen sausages that made it through to the final will be put to the taste test once more on 31 October at Butchers’ Hall in London, ahead of British Sausage Week, which runs from 3 November until 9 November.
Tony Goodger, BPEX’s Foodservice trade manager, said: “The prestigious BPEX Foodservice Pork Sausage of the Year Competition is a great way to kick start the celebrations for this year’s British Sausage Week 2014 and highlight the incredible variety of quality assured sausages available on menus.
“Many of the entries in this year’s competition were incredibly innovative, with some really unusual flavour combinations and interesting new ideas coming through.
“To be chosen as one of the top fifteen and to make it to the grand final is a tremendous effort. These awards are highly sought after so it is a great achievement for Aubrey Allen to be selected to go through to the final – we wish them luck!”