Borders butcher JC Douglas has been crowned the 2010 Scottish Beef Sausage Champion, making St Boswells the sausage capital of Scotland.
Fri, 30 Jul 2010
Having started in the industry with David Palmer in Jedburgh, Craig Douglas bought over a business in St Boswells in June 2006. Since then trade has steadily picked up but the major boost came in May 2009 when he won the prestigious Scottish Pork Sausage title.
Craig says that he will be doing more promotion on local radio after this second championship award. He commented: "Customers travel from all over the Borders - delivery men and others who are travelling up the A68 hear our advert on Radio Borders and detour to buy sausages. It makes a right big difference. Now with both titles we hope to be doubly busy."
The competition, organised by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, was judged regionally in May of this year with the regional winners and runner-ups both going through to the Scottish final judged at the Cook School Scotland at Braehead Foods.
The 10 finalists in each competition were visited on Thursday, 8th July. Their products were purchased by mystery shoppers and taken to the Cook School at Kilmarnock on Friday, 9th July where award-winning chef Steven Doherty had the impressive Cook School facilities ready for Kevin MacGillvray from the Federation of Chefs Scotland to organise the final cook-off.
The judges for the final were Kevin MacGillvray (Marine Hotel, Troon), Duncan McKay (Western House Hotel, Ayr), Andrea Christie (wife of SFMTA President Stuart), Steven Doherty (Braehead Cook School) and Moira Stalker from the Scottish Food and Drink Federation.
Runner-up was J Pirie & Son of Newtyle with third place going to AJ Learmonth, Jedburgh. Steve Derrick from Lucas Ingredients presented JC Douglas with Beef Sausage title at a ceremony in St Boswells.
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