Young women win top prizes for pork pies and black puddings at butchers' awards
BUTCHERS may have a macho, no-nonsense reputation — with former Corrie favourite Fred Elliot the stereotypical shopkeeper.
But two young women from Bolton are proving the image wrong — scooping awards for their perfect pork pies and belting black puddings at the North West “Butchers’ Oscars”.
Tiffany Bromley, aged 20, who was brought up in Horwich and works for Brown’s Butchers in Chorley, saw off competition from more than 40 butchers across the region with her exceptional black-and-white pudding roulade.
While Caroline Bradley, aged 26, from Great Lever, won plaudits for her pork pie — which judges awarded a 100 per cent score, although it did not win in its category.
The best sausages, gammon, burgers, pies and faggots were on show at the Reebok Stadium, all vying to be crowned champion product in the British Pig Executive’s (Bpex) regional roadshow.
Miss Bromley, who was recruited to Brown’s when she was just 17, said: “We won the black pudding championship last year but it was a real surprise to get the gammon award too.
“It’s my third year here and it’s a nice day out.
“Being one of the youngest here it’s also good to meet lots of experienced butchers and learn from them.”
Ms Bradley, aged 26, from Great Lever, started working as a butcher at Frasers Butchers, in Rishton Lane, after leaving college nine years ago.
She said: “I had worked with my sister in a butcher’s on Saturdays when I was still at school and just fell in love with it.
“The secret to our pork pie is that really we only use the best ingredients.
“We’ve entered it at the Bpex before and it’s always done well.
“I’ve had products entered at the awards before and it’s always great to meet up with other butchers from the region, especially as it’s on our doorstep.”
Barrons of Beef in Chorley Old Road also nabbed a gold award for its traditional pork sausage.
Butchers from as far afield as Halifax, Sandbach and the Wirral competed in 12 categories, for various types of sausage, pie, burger, black pudding and gammon, as well as the overall crown.
The Reebok event was the first of six across England, with ones in Exeter, Newark-on-Trent, Harrogate, Ardingly and Malvern to follow.
The best butchers from all the shows will vie for the overall crown of English champion in London next June.
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