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Q Awards for Sedbergh Butchers

Steadmans of Sedbergh, Cumbria has won 11 of the top product awards in the Guild of Q Butchers 2007 Smithfield Awards.

Presentation to Garth Steadman by T V Chef Paul Rankin

Presentation By T V Chef Paul Rankin

The Smithfield Awards are among the most prestigious in the meat industry and a true indication of excellence. Products were subjected to detailed assessment and sampling by a panel of independent judges. Almost 600 products from Q members throughout the U K were assessed by a panel of experts at MLC Headquarters at Milton Keynes.

Steadmans won seven gold, three silver and one bronze with perfect marks going to their Black Pudding, and Cooked Belly Pork.

Gold award winning products were Haggis, Spicey Lamb Grillsticks, Cooked Belly Pork, Pressed Ox Tongue, Crispy Duck in Plum Sauce, Black Pudding Loaf, and Cottage Pie with a Leek and Potato Topping.

Silver Awards went to Brandy and Herb Pate, Huntsman's Pie and 1lb Pork Pie.

The awards were presented to Garth Steadman at a special lunch in Butchers Hall, London, on November 13 by T V chef and restaurateur Paul Rankin.

Garth said: "We try to enter different product's every year and to get 11 awards from 12 new entries is a credit to our staff. As a member of the Guild of Q Butchers we aspire to the highest standards in the trade and to win a Smithfield Award is a tremendous honour. We were thrilled to do so well in the 2007 product evaluation and our customers can look forward in 2008 to enjoying some more award-winning products!"

Over 600 entries from Q butchers all over Britain were judged for the Smithfield Awards which were sponsored by EBLEX, the English Beef and Lamb Executive, BPEX British Pork Executive, and food chain suppliers Dalziel.

Note to Editors: The Guild of Q Butchers represents some of the finest independent meat retailers in Britain. Q butchers have to pass a regular audit of all aspects of their business to become members. The audit is conducted by the international inspection agency EFSIS. The Q stands for quality and consumers can be assured of quality meat, meat products, hygiene and service when they shop at a Q butcher.

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