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New Zealand’s Top Sausages Announced

New Zealand’s Top Sausages Announced

New World Te Rapa, Hamilton and Westmere Butchery, Auckland have been announced as the Supreme Award winners for the 2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition at an awards dinner in Auckland this evening. The judges couldn’t split Westmere Butchery’s beef and mushroom sausage and an Angus beef sausage from New World Te Rapa, instead crowning them joint winners of the Supreme Award in what is believed to be a first for the competition.

David Rossiter, owner of Westmere Butchery, has had over 45 years in the industry and it is fair to say his store has become a butchery institution in Auckland. He said of his victory: “It’s fantastic to win this award, it’s a dream come true, not just for me but for all the boys at the shop and every staff member. We’ll be celebrating for sure.”

Chris Nicol, who has worked in the industry for 25 years, heads up the butchery team at New World Te Rapa, said of his store’s win: “We have won a couple of awards in the Devro Great New Zealand Sausage competition but never taken the top spot before. It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s come at a tough time for us, we’ve been short of staff and we’ve needed people to step up and they did. It makes me so proud of my team and to be part of the industry.”

Leading foodwriter and author, Kathy Paterson was tasked with the challenge of being Head Aesthetic Judge and was glowing in her assessment of the two Supreme Award winners as well as the general standard across the competition: “Throughout this year’s competition, the standard has been phenomenal. Flavours have been well thought through, the quality of the butchery has been impeccable and as a result it has created a really tough, but enjoyable, job for the judges.

“In the past we’ve always had a sausage that has stood outbut trying to find an outright Supreme Award winner this year was near on impossible. The panel of judges could make compelling cases for both winners and in the end we knew the fairest thing to do was crown them both.”

The journey to Supreme status for the winning sausages has been a long and rigorous process. Over 480 entries from over 90 stores entered sausages into the 13 categories and were judged over a two-day snarler extravaganza last month by a squad of butchers, foodies, chefs and industry heavyweights.

From here, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in each category with the gold medallists then being re-judged against one another, with Westmere Butchery and New World Te Rapa’s sausages coming out on top.

The announcement of New Zealand’s top tasting banger comes just in time for National Sausage Day tomorrow – Friday 19 October – as Kiwis across the country fire up their barbies for Labour Weekend.

The success for Westmere Butchery and its head honcho David Rossiter this evening came hot on the heels of being awarded the People’s Choice Award for the 2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition achieving the rare feat of winning both titles.

The Devro New Zealand Wildcard winner was awarded to Peter Timbs Meats in Christchurch for producing the highest scoring sausage in a Devro casing, with their Hot Chorizo.

During the glamourous awards dinner, entrants and industry figures were treated to the inaugural Trans-Tasman Sausage Showdown which saw New Zealand come out on top.

The challenge was to turn 9kgs of beef trim into a delicious sausage mix, fill and then link the sausages as quickly as possible. Team New Zealand made up of Sharp Blacks captain Corey Winder and fellow team member Jeremy Garth operated like a well-oiled machine to stop the clock at a remarkable 6 minutes and 18 seconds to take out the title.

Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition 2018 full results:
2018 Supreme Award New World Te Rapa, Angus Beef
Westmere Butchery, Beef and Mushroom

2018 People’s Choice Award Westmere Butchery, Beef and Mushroom

2018 Devro NZ Wildcard Award* Peter Timbs Meats, Hot Chorizo

2018 Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition Medallists:
Category: Beef
Gold: New World Te Rapa Angus Beef
Silver (joint): Hellers Ltd Hellers Angus
Silver (joint): Leonard's Superior Smallgoods Old English Beef
Bronze: Countdown Angus Beef
Category: Pork
Gold: L'Authentique Pure Pork
Silver: The Kiwi Butcher Shop Pure Pork
Bronze: Moos Baas & Oinks Pure Pork
Category: Poultry
Gold: New World Stonefields Smokey Chicken, Coriander & Garlic
Silver (joint): New World Stonefields Chicken, Coriander, Garlic & Mild Chilli
Silver (joint): Grey Lynn Butchers Free Range Chicken and Truffle
Bronze: Raeward Fresh Tower Junction The Senorita
Category: Pre-cooked
Gold: Cattermoles Butchery Kaiapoi Smoked Saveloy
Silver: Akaroa Butchery & Deli Cotechino
Bronze: Morepork BBQ Pork Hot Dog
Category: Flavoured
Gold: M & M Master Butchers Pork Flavoured
Silver: Esk Valley Meats Lamb & Mint Flavoured
Bronze (joint): Hellers Ltd Hellers Pork Flavour
Bronze (joint): New World Greenmeadows Pork Flavoured
Category: Continental Fresh
Gold: PAKn'SAVE Riccarton Italian Casalinga
Silver (joint): Foodstuffs South Island/ Pams Italian Lamb
Silver (joint): New World Stanmore Italian Pork
Bronze (joint): Aussie Butcher New Lynn Bratwurst
Bronze (joint): Avon's Butchery Italian Fennel Pork
Category: Continental Ready-to-Eat
Gold (joint): Zamora Picante Salami
Gold (joint): Peter Timbs Meats Hot Chorizo
Silver: The Butchers Block & Beef Classic Salami
Smokehouse Wanaka
Bronze: Ashby's Butchery Bell's Original Pepperoni
Category: Pre-cooked
Gold: Leonard's Superior Smallgoods Black Pudding
Silver: Cameron Harrison Butchery Black Pudding
Bronze: Wild Game Salamis Wild Venison French Black Pudding
Category: Traditional
Gold (joint): M & M Master Butchers Cumberland Pork
Gold (joint): L'Authentique Pork & Fennel
Silver: Raeward Fresh Queenstown Free Range Pork, Fresh Apple & Toasted Fennel Seeds
Bronze: The Produce Company Pork & Fennel
Category: Gourmet Beef
Gold (joint): Westmere Butchery Beef & Mushroom
Gold (joint): New World Stanmore Roast Beef, Horseradish & Beetroot
Silver: New World Greenmeadows Beef, Truffle & Parmesan
Bronze: Hellers Ltd Hellers Sticky Ginger Beef

Category: Gourmet Pork
Gold: Whenuapai Meat Merchant Free Range Pork, Sweet Gala Apple & Sage
Silver (joint): Aussie Butcher New Lynn Ben's Jalapeno & Smokey Cheese Sausage
Silver (joint): Avon's Butchery Pork & Cranberry
Bronze (joint): New World Bishopdale Pork Breakfast
Bronze (joint): New World Havelock North Pork & Paua
Category: Pre-cooked
Gold: Eastbourne Village Meats Red Roma
Silver: Euro Gourmet Meats Drunken Lamb & Onion
Bronze: Aussie Butcher New Lynn Moroccan Lamb
Category: Gourmet Beef
Gold (joint): Sausages by Design Naked Pure Pork
Gold (joint): Agora - Butchery & Deli Lentil, Kumara & Masala
Silver: PAKn'SAVE Cameron Road Vegetarian
Bronze: Grey Lynn Butchers Goan Chourico
The Devro Great New Zealand Sausage competition’s mission is to seek out New Zealand's best and tastiest sausages giving New Zealander's access to more variety, better choice and greater quality sausages. Sausage makers from across the country perfect their recipes in preparation for the competition in the hopes of being announced the Supreme Winner. With over 480 sausages from over 90 stores being judged, the competition sees the humble, classic Kiwi sausage pushing the boundaries for flavour and innovation. The Devro Great New Zealand Sausage Competition is kindly sponsored by Devro, Kiwi Labels, Big Chill Distribution, Kerry Ingredients, Pure South and Alto.
The Devro New Zealand Wildcard Award*
The top scoring product which is produced in Devro collagen casing will be named Devro New Zealand Wildcard winner. All entries from the 13 categories made in a Devro collagen casing are automatically entered.

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