Sausages among the best in QLD
MASTER Butchers Whitsundays owners Don Cameron and Karen Rix have brought home a swag full of awards after competing in the Tropical North Sausage King Competition on the weekend.
The event was held in conjunction with the Richmond Outback Fossil Fest, with the Whitsunday butchers winning the Australian Meat Industry Council Butcher's Choice Competition trophy in the wet meat dish, meat pie pastry, value added meat product and poultry divisions.
Master Butchers Whitsundays also won gold twice in the poultry division and once in the continental division, a second place for their lamb noisette and a third place for their Greek rump lamb yiros.
This was the first time the butchers had entered their products in the Australian Meat Industry Council's Butcher's Choice Competition but it was their third year entering the Sausage King Competition.
Mr Cameron and Ms Rix's prized products went head to head against hundreds of butchers from across the country including Mt Isa, the Atherton Tablelands, Mackay and Cairns. They are hoping to secure the event in the Whitsundays next year and are in discussions with event organisers to host it in their home town.
The couple will travel to Brisbane in August where they will compete for the Queensland Sausage King Title.
"We know we have good products and try to put our ingredients together to appeal to people's tastebuds," Mr Cameron said.
"It's just like a menu at a restaurant. We're always trying new things."
Mr Cameron has been working in the butcher industry since starting an apprenticeship in 1985.
Master Butcher's award-winning products can be purchased in-store now, with renovations on their extension to be finished by next week.