Veteran butcher Trevor Oliver, 64, has been working in Oliver’s Butchers on Rayleigh Road for 43 years.

He had already won a gold award last month for his Spanish Pimenton creation as part of the British Sausage Week competition.

But now he has gone one step further and his Essex Sausage pushed him into top spot in the London final of the traditional category last week.

Mr Oliver said: “Everyone was not concerned about winning – they were just overjoyed about getting into the final in the first place.

“I think it was 200 entrants – to actually get there in the first place, to have it down to three of us, is an achievement in itself.”

Speaking to the Gazette last month before British Sausage Week got underway, he said he would need “luck” to win, as last year a quirky black pudding and jam sausage was chosen.

But this year, the category was split into both traditional and innovative, giving Mr Oliver’s sausage the chance to shine.

“I had no indication at all – everyone was presented with a finalist certificate, then they announced the winner of each category,” he said.

“It just happened, they just said it. It was actually other people around me that congratulated me, that made me realise it was me. I was stunned, I felt choked.

“I went up first to be presented with my trophy. I sat down and I was overcome. I thought I was in with a chance because it’s the second year running that I have been in the final.”

Mr Oliver won the category after a cook-off and judge Phil Vickery MBE, who is the former England rugby captain and Celebrity Masterchef 2011 winner, said of the sausage: “It was a classic banger. It looked beautiful and tasted juicy and gorgeous, with lots of peppery tones.”

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The result means the Hutton butcher, who has 61 varieties of sausages on his menu, can now take the number of his award-winning pork treats up to 50, alongside three championship winners.

Mr Oliver also has 10 varieties of burger, seven of which have scooped awards.

And the cut and thrust of the competition has not dampened his enthusiasm.

Indeed, the award-winning butcher says he will come back again next year, saying being crowned as having the best traditional sausage in the whole of the London region was an “honour.”

“I just think it’s a lifetime’s worth of achievement. I’m not prepared to give up – I thrive on competition, it’s what keeps me going,” Mr Oliver said.

“Winning has definitely been one of the highlights of the year. Actually it’s one of the highlights of my career as a butcher.”

Oliver’s Butchers can be found at 212 Rayleigh Road or contacted on 01277 224533.

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