Duns butchers are Scottish champions

Greg Foston receiving his awards from sponsors Don Wallace (left) of Dalesman Group and Judith Johnston of Lucas Ingredients
Greg Foston receiving his awards from sponsors Don Wallace (left) of Dalesman Group and Judith Johnston of Lucas Ingredients

Local butchers Fostons Fine Meats have seen their quality products recognised at a national level in the 2015 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards.

The Duns butchers (represented by Greig Foston, pictured above), received awards in the recent evaluation for beefburgers and speciality savoury products that was judged at the City of Glasgow College last month.

Their success came with the Scottish Champion title for beefburger. They initially scooped the South East of Scotland title at the second stage of judging at the Carfraemill Hotel, before going on to pip the other regional champions. They also received a Gold award for their Venison and Red Onion Pie and Silver award for Lemon Savoury Pastie. Their other shop in Kelso received a Silver Award for their Beefburger.

Meanwhile Allan Learmonth, Jedburgh success came with Silver award for their Burger and Gold for their Steak, Haggis & Bacon Pie. James Pringle from Hawick won a Silver award for their Cumberland & Caramelised Onion Sausage Roll. G & L Archibald won Gold awards for BBQ Cheeseburger Pie and Pulled BBQ Pork Pie.

Perth butcher Beaton Lindsay, President of the Scottish Craft Butchers added: “We run these evaluations to recognise the innovation and expertise that goes into the quality products that craft butchers make. Customers are becoming increasingly interested in sourcing the very best meat products available and our evaluation aids the customer finding all the good products out there at our specialist butchers.”

Almost 300 products from all across Scotland were delivered to the City of Glasgow College where they were judged by a team of experts under the supervision of Craft Butchers Chief Executive Douglas Scott. The best Savoury Pastry products were established on the day but the two best beefburgers from each of five regions of Scotland were subsequently mystery shopped and then judged by the chef and staff at Carfraemill Hotel in the Scottish Borders.

Results were announced at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in Perth on Sunday 10th May.

Scottish Craft Butchers is the consumer facing side of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders. This Federation was incorporated in 1918 to represent the interests of retail butchers and since then have added promotions and competitions to their activities.

They provide a valuable source of help, advice and assistance on food safety and legislative matters. Their training arm, Scottish Meat Training delivers craft training in the sector with on average 250 continually registered on Modern Apprenticeships.