Beef and blue: the nation’s top sausage

Left to right are - Paddy Kennedy of Allenton Meat Centre, Brian Tilbrook of Devro and Dave Rossiter of Westmere ButcheryA Beef and Blue Cheese sausage from Allenton Meat Centre in Ashburton has been named the nation’s best at today’s final of the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition.

The Ashburton sausage stood above more than 400 entries across 11 categories taking out the 2014 Supreme Award.

A panel of culinary trained chefs, butchers and foodwriters judged the sausages on aroma, texture and most importantly taste to decide New Zealand’s top sausage at today’s intense final.

Store owner, Paddy Kennedy is thrilled with today’s result and is looking forward to rolling out more of his Beef and Blue Cheese sausage this summer.

“For me, this is just phenomenal. If you’re passionate about your product and you really believe in it, it’s always going to show, and to be honest I’m blown away to be recognised for it,” says Paddy.

This year the top 23 gold medallist sausages also competed for the 2014 People’s Choice Award with the Peri Peri Chicken sausage from Westmere Butchery in Auckland voted the public’s favourite.

This year marks the 21st year of the iconic competition, acknowledging the skill of New Zealand butchers and smallgoods manufacturers, while pointing the general public in the right direction for the best sausages this year.

Gold, silver and bronze medallists were announced last week following the two-day semi-final stage. At that point, judges were looking at aroma, texture and, most importantly, taste.

Head judge, Kerry Tyack – a foodwriter with years of experience in food and beverage competition judging – says Kiwis can be well satisfied the quality of sausages they are buying continues to increase, as seen by all the judges in the early stages of the competition.

“This year we had more sausages scoring at the top level than ever before. Great combinations of flavours, lower fat and thoughtful use of seasoning means better sausages are available throughout the country,” says Tyack.

Prior to the final, a public tasting will be held at Auckland University of Technology to determine which gold medallist will win over the taste buds of Auckland locals and be named the 2014 People’s Choice Award winner.

The competition is supported by Devro New Zealand, Kerry Ingredients and Alto Packaging.

Material supplied by Retail Meat New Zealand.

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