A Portstewart butcher brought home the bacon at theTraditional Fine Food & Butchery Awards organised by butchery members’ association, the Butchery Excellence Scheme.
The ‘Home Cured Streaky Bacon’ from Peter Osborne Family Butchers in ther seaside resort, secured the gold and the title of ‘Best Artisan Irish Bacon’ at the competition, which took place at the premises of the Butchery Excellence Scheme in Aughnacloy.
Peter Osborne was also awarded a silver in the ‘Artisan Irish Bacon’ category for its other entry of ‘Chilli Back Bacon’.
The competition was judged by Managing Director of Montgomery Food Consulting and Chef, Sean Owens, and Chef Donal Heaney.
Open to all independent butchers across the Province, the Traditional Fine Foods & Butchery Awards reinforce the quality of the wide variety of fine food and butchery produce that is provided by butchers here in Northern Ireland.
The Butchery Excellence scheme run a variety of competitions open to butchers across the Province and the Ulster Traditional Fine Food & Butchery Awards received more than 200 entries.
Sean Owens, Managing Director of Montgomery Food Consulting & Chief Judge commented: “The momentum for the Butchery Excellence Scheme’s awards is just growing and growing.
“Since our first competition earlier in the year, entry numbers have increased significantly and the quality of the products is second to none.
“In fact, in some categories, it was just too close to call and we had to award a number of joint winners. Peter Osborne Family Butchers should be exceptionally proud of its award winning products.”
Towards the end of 2015, champions from each of the BES competitions will compete in the ‘Ulster Champion of Champions’ event.