After trying for 10 years a butcher in Naracoorte in South Australia has finally claimed the title of “Sausage King” as the winner of the best traditional Australian sausage for 2015.
Shaun Watson, The 2015 Sausage King, said “To go from the very beginning all the way through, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. If it’s the best in Australia, you’ve got something pretty good to work with there. The Facebook itself had just over 10,000 views this morning; for us that is massive. One of the comments was asking us to open another shop in Adelaide. The event is organised by the Australian Meat Industry Council and I believe it was designed to raise the profile of the sausage. [The sausage has gone] from being what you’d describe as something made of all the leftovers, to something that can be turned into a reasonably classy meal.”
There were around 3200 entries across the country, with 200 in the state finals and going down to the best 32 in the national finals.
The following are the winners of the various categories in the 2015 Sausage King competition;
|TRADITIONAL AUSTRALIAN||AUSTRALIAN LAMB/OPEN CLASS|
|1st||Shaun Watson, Tender Cuts – SA||1st||Raff Barbaro, Barbaro Bros- WA|
|2nd||John Bartlett, Wattle City Meats – VIC||2nd||Shaun Watson, tender Cuts – SA|
|3rd||Tony Scarfo, Scarfo’s Meating Place – WA||3rd||Ray Crowe, Camden Valley Meats – NSW|
|TRADITIONAL AUSTRALIAN PORK||POULTRY|
|1st||Joe Di Fulvio, Crimea Meats – WA||1st||Nigel Birrell, Nigel’s Gourmet on Tamar – TAS|
|2nd||Phil Smith, The Standard Market Co “Gas Works” – QLD||2nd||Garry Leeson, Ocean Shores Quality Meats – NSW|
|3rd||Robert Constable, Robert’s Meats – NSW||3rd||Trevor Hill, Bruce’s Meat Service – SA|
|1st||Don Cameron, Master Butchers Whitsunday – QLD||1st||Mark Stapleton, Stapleton Family Meats – NSW|
|2nd||Tony Palmieri, Tony’s House of Tender Meats – WA||2nd||Franz Knoll, Barossa Fine Foods – SA|
|3rd||Shane Mundy, West Hobart Gourmet Meats – TAS||3rd||Nigel Birrel, Nigel’s Gourmet on Tamar – TAS|
The Best Butcher Burger for 2015 was also recently awarded for a Peri Peri Chicken Burger, made by Shane Mundy of West Hobart Gourmet Meats in Tasmania
Written by Rachelle Williams, The Green Food Safety Coach.