A butcher from Berkhamsted has landed leading honours in the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards for its tasty pie and chicken products.
The annual product evaluation event, open to the guild’s 110 members nationwide, saw Eastwoods Butchers, in Gravel Path, receive two gold award winners that both scored a maximum 100 out of 100 marks for their Angus steak and kidney pie and citrus chicken kitchen-ready 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.
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, at a ceremony at Ironmongers Hall, London.
She told the gathered butchers: “I would like to thank the Q Guild for having me as a guest here – what an honour. In the industry I’m in, I have a lot to do with you and what you do. What I’ve witnessed here is the passion and the drive for what you do. What you do is important for the future – to protect what you do.
“These awards attract the younger generation into the industry and that’s what we need.
I believe we need to support you as restaurateurs. My restaurant will be open this time next year, touch wood – please, give me your business cards! I will be looking for butchers.”
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.