NZ's best bacon revealed
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:50p.m.
By Dan Satherley
For the fifth year in a row, a butcher from Canterbury has been named the country's best at making bacon.
Chris Brown of Ellesmere Butchery's sugar-cured middle bacon was the tastiest rasher of the competition, taking out the 100% New Zealand Bacon of the Year prize.
Mr Brown says it's because he makes bacon the old-fashioned way.
“It’s a long process, you can’t rush it. You have to let all the flavours all draw in,” says Mr Brown, whose award-winning bacon takes 10 days to perfect.
“You don’t want bacon to go and stew, you want to draw as much moisture out as possible," he says, "then we smoke it the traditional way.”
Head judge Anita Sarginson said not only did it taste good, it looked good too.
“You could tell there had been a lot of love and care applied to it, it really had that personal touch to it,” says head judge, Anita Sarginson.
It’s raw presentation was absolutely stunning, it didn’t falter from what it promised after it was cooked.”
Ellesmere Butchery, based just out of Christchurch in Leeston, beat out 53 other butcheries for the top prize. Butcheries from Auckland and Christchurch dominated the five categories.
Franklin Country Meats won gold in the shoulder bacon category, Avons Butchery Ltd won gold in streaky bacon, Sam’s Butchery gold in middle-eye bacon, Euro Deli Meats in dry-cured bacon, and Ellesmere Butchery's overall winner also winning gold in the middle bacon.
“I strive to have people love my product," says Mr Brown. "If we do well in business along the way, then that’s a plus. I guess that’s why any butcher is in the game, because they love the job.”
The judging panel was made up of 33 food writers, renowned chefs and industry experts.
Full list of winners:
100% New Zealand Bacon of the Year
Chris Brown of Ellesmere Butchery, Leeston, Christchurch
100% NZ Middle Bacon Gold – Chris Brown of Ellesmere Butchery, Leeston, Christchurch Silver – Murray “Buzz” Sattler of Buzz the Butcher, New Plymouth Joint Bronze – Chris Brown of Ellesmere Butchery, Leeston, Christchurch Joint Bronze – Johnathan Connolly of Angus Meats, Sockburn, Christchurch
100% NZ Shoulder Bacon Gold – David Crosbie of Franklin Country Meats, Pukekohe, Auckland Silver – David Crosbie of Franklin Country Meats, Pukekohe, Auckland Joint Bronze – Jonathan Connolly of Angus Meats, Sockburn, Christchurch Joint Bronze – Mike Hanson of Netherby Meats Ltd, Ashburton
100% NZ Streaky Bacon Gold – Avon Rzoska of Avons Butchery (Ltd), Glen Innes, Auckland Silver – Caroline Gaisford of Goodman Fielder, Auckland Bronze – Dave Rossiter of Westmere Butchery Ltd, Westmere, Auckland
100% NZ Middle-Eye Bacon Gold – Sam Nadason of Sam’s Butchery, Kelston, Auckland Silver – Russell Brocks of Independent Meats Butchery Bronze – John Borcovsky of Murchison Meats, Murchison, Auckland
100% NZ Dry-Cured Middle Bacon Gold – Jacqui Johnstone of Euro Deli Meats, Christchurch Silver – Chris Brown of Ellesmere Butchery, Leeston, Christchurch Joint Bronze – Lucia Rodrigues of Grey Lynn Butchers, Grey Lynn, Auckland Joint Bronze – Kurt Robinson of Cashmere Cuisine, Cashmere, Christchurch
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29/10/2012 9:26:51 p.m.
angelo andrade wrote:
lucia rodrigues always tuned in her culinary sound waves to the taste buds of the connoiseurs! If wishes were piglings, lucia would fly!
23/07/2012 6:12:57 p.m.
Kimberley Nieuwenhuize wrote:
Gold – Jacqui Johnstone of Euro Deli Meats, Christchurch
That's so wrong! Brian Nieuwenhuize makes that bacon! Jacqui is just the pig farmer. He's my Dad and I am so proud of him, I've been telling all my friends here in Sydney. Well done, Papa!
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