Final countdown is on for National Sausage King
THE country's best butchers are hoping to snag the prestigious title of National Sausage King at the Australian grand final in Adelaide next month and Master Butcher Whitsunday's Don Cameron is one of them.
After winning his way through regional and state rounds, Mr Cameron is one of 35 finalists that will battle it out across six categories - traditional Australian, traditional Australian pork, poultry, Australian lamb/open class, continental and gourmet/open class.
Mr Cameron and partner Karen Rix will take with them their award-winning Italian Casalinga continental sausages which earned them the title of Queensland's best continental sausage. They will compete against winners of Australia's six other states in the continental category.
The annual event, organised and co-ordinated by the Australian Meat Industry Council, attracts huge interest from the nation's 3200 independent butchers and is widely regarded as the meat industry's premier competition. Mr Cameron said he was feeling both nervous and excited.
"I'm trying not to think about it too much. I don't want to get my hopes up and be disappointed," he said.
"Just being top seven in the country is an achievement in its self". The competition will take place in Adelaide on February 7.
Judges will score both raw and cooked sausages, grading them for flavour and texture as well as shrinkage, splitting and crinkling.