A butcher is bringing home the bacon after his pork dish was crowned best in Scotland – one of eleven significant honours won on the same day.
Nigel Ovens, of Mearns T McCaskie in Wemyss Bay, is celebrating another national triumph for his fillet en croute.
The oven-ready dish won the coveted diamond accolade at the Scottish Craft Butchers Pork Products Awards 2019, marking it out as the best of its type in the country.
It comprises pork fillet sitting on a bed of black pudding, with a cream cheese/mushroom combination, all topped with parma ham and encased in pastry.
Nigel, who runs the popular butchers with his wife and mother, said:
“I’m immensely proud of this achievement.
“These awards are a real testing ground for butchers’ products and to come out as the best in Scotland is an absolute thrill.
“As bacon curers, we have a lot of pork fillets, and it is good to create products where this prime cut can be used to advantage.
“This oven-ready pork fillet en croute makes life simple for the customer as it just has to be cooked in the oven and is ready to serve.”
The pork product competition is held in conjunction with the Scotch Craft Butchers Haggis Products Awards 2019 with McCaskie’s securing six golds and four silvers, in addition to the glittering diamond prize, across both categories.
Gold awards were secured for their Balmoral chicken truffles, crunchy haggis, neeps and tatties bites, haggis nacho kit, salted pork and cheese truffles, lemon and pepper crunchy pork steak and pork fillet Parmigiana.
Their haggis pakora, chicken and haggis potato cakes, luxury garlic pork parcel and slow roast pork belly in soy, ginger and garlic sauce all scooped silver.
McCaskie’s was one of around 60 butchers from all over the country who submitted a wide variety of hand-crafted products which were judged blind in one of the industry’s most keenly-contested competitions.
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This article and image appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on 10 January 2019.