Felpham butcher takes top honours with Moroccan Lamb ready meal

A Moroccan Lamb ready meal recipe won a South East Butcher top honours in BPEX's latest Regional Roadshow and Product Evaluation Event.

Terry Gaterell, owner of Gaterells of Felpham beat 27 butchers with around 200 products, at the event which took place at the South of England Showground, Ardingly, and walked away with the top honour of Overall Champion.

Terry said: "I'm over the moon. I nearly didn't make it to the roadshow as we're just about to reopen the shop after a refit. Luckily my team persuaded me to go and I'm glad they did. The result is even more pleasing as this is the first competition I've entered! I would have been happy just to come away with some gold awards which I was looking forward to displaying in the new shop - but now I have a certificate and silver to add to the two gold one silver and bronze award I picked up as well.

"The Moroccan Lamb is a fairly good seller at the moment. It's only been available for the last two years so hopefully by picking up this award it will become one of my more popular products. I've been in the butchery trade for over 35 years, and this is a really great reward for all the hard work that's gone in to building the business - we keep going from strength to strength."

BPEX butchery and product development manager, Keith Fisher, said: "We are always surprised by both the quantity and quality of products entered into the evaluation events and this occasion is no different. It is obvious that butchers in the South East are dedicated to delivering products of a consistently high standard.

Fisher also made a special mention to the Champion of the 'Young Sausage Maker' category, Gavin Hawkin of Martyn James, who he said "has shown that there is great talent and skill in the younger generation of the industry."

The next roadshow takes place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on 18 April. For more details and to download an entry form visit www.porkforbutchers.co.uk or contact Jackie Hawkes at BPEX on 01908 844 114.