Lady butcher takes top Smithfield award

A lady butcher took the overall supreme prize in the 2008 Smithfield Award this week with a Christmas speciality pork product.

A lady butcher has taken the overall supreme prize in the 2008 Smithfield Awards with a Christmas speciality pork product.

Julie Henshaw, from local butcher shop A E Chambers, Arnold, Nottingham saw her St Nick's Roast, a free-range loin of pork with a filling of boozy Christmas pudding, beat off competition from more than 400 products which were assessed by an independent panel of experts at the meat technology department at Leeds Thomas Danby College in October.

The panel described the product as "exceptionally well prepared, looked fantastic when raw and performed well in cooking, delivering all of its promise".

At a special lunch and awards ceremony in Butchers' Hall, London, this week TV chef and cookery school proprietor Lesley Waters presented the Supreme Trophy to Phil Chambers and Julie Henshaw of A E Chambers.

In addition to the overall supreme prize, the winning product also won the Diamond Award in the Christmas product category and the BPEX award for best pork product. All in all, A E Chambers products won three golds, three silver and two bronze.

Julie Henshaw, who has worked at A E Chambers for 20 years, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to win the supreme award. We normally do well in product evaluation, but this is the pinnacle and a wonderful promotional opportunity in the run-up to Christmas. This product will quickly become a customer favourite."