Tristan Meier crowned for best British meat product

Worcestershire butcher Tristan Meier and his mother Gina made the Bpex Product Evaluation Championship a family affair yesterday (Wednesday) by scooping two top prizes.

Tristan of H Dayus Family Butchers in Worcester secured the national championship with his Pork, Honey and Wholegrain Mustard sausage.

The seven regional champions, including Tristan, each received a limited-edition print of a pig at an awards ceremony and lunch at Butchers’ Hall, London, where the young butcher’s mother also took home a prize. Tristan won the overall prize at the Bpex South West Roadshow with the sausage last year and performed the double yesterday with a product that was produced with much experimentation.

Tristan said: “It was trial and error – different weights, different ingredients so the balance was right. We’ve won several competitions with the sausage and it has been on sale for the last 18 months. It sells nearly as well as our traditional pork sausage, so it’s our most established variety sausage and does very well.”

In the past, H Dayus Family Butchers has entered five roadshows with 12 category wins, two overall champion awards and four entries at MTJ’s Champion of Champions.

Tristan added that he really enjoys being a butcher and could not imagine being anything else.

Bpex butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said there were 279 butchers entering in the Roadshows for 2009/2010, with 1,352 products. This was down from last year’s total of 1,496.

“I guess that’s indicative of the difficult times some of us have been through and, hopefully, that will pick up next year,” he said.

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