COLYTON Butchers’ Dan Bolton was at it again on Monday, November 4, travelling up to London for the Young Butcher of the Year Finals and Champion of Champions Sausage finals.
Dan was one of 1,000 to enter the Young Butcher of the Year competition. This was reduced to three finalists over a three-month process, and we are proud to say Dan was one of the finalists chosen and the only representing England, with the other finalists coming from Ireland and Scotland.
The standard was extremely high and Dan, the youngest finalist, unfortunately didn’t come away with the overall title to add to his Best Young Sausage Maker in GB 2019. But that hasn’t disturbed him and he is hungry for both titles next year, which we will work extra hard for.
Whilst at the awards the Best Sausage in Great Britain winner was chosen. The entry for this award needed to win a major sausage competition in 2019 so a total of 17 entries from all over Great Britain and Ireland went head to head to win the holy grail.
This was open to all ages so Dan, the youngest entrant again, was up against seasoned sausage makers that had been doing it for years.
Dan made six cooked and six uncooked sausages for the judging and they looked the best we had seen. When you get to this standard all the sausages need to be the same size, same weight and the texture and cooking needs to be A1, nothing short.
After hours of tasting and measuring, the judges found a winner; not Dan this time but he only came up short based on very small imperfections that only the very keenest eye would spot.
He now looks forward to next year where he can perfect his sausage-making skills and the next time you read a piece on Dan the outcome may be different!
We are please to welcome Glenn Salter to Lyme Regis. Glenn has been a local East Devon butcher for the last 40 years, working in Sidmouth since leaving school and more recently running his own butchers, Seaton’s GW Meats, for 15 years with his wife.
After 15 years Glenn’s wife wanted to take things easier. They decided to sell up and we have been lucky enough to take on Glenn as he wasn’t ready to hang up his apron just yet!
Glenn is a face-to-face retail butcher that is always eager to help and go that extra mile. He is jolly and has a terrific sense of humour, as you can see from the latest shopfront noticeboard that says “Chop lifters will be prosecuted!”. I’m sure everyone will appreciate his wealth of experience and say hello when passing.
Please remember Christmas is next month and your Christmas orders would now be most welcome.
Hope to see you soon,
from all at Colyton Butchers