Butcher scoops a gold award honour

Matthew Fort presenting the award to Kat Nicholson.

Matthew Fort presenting the award to Kat Nicholson.

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A top-notch Q Guild butcher in the borough has struck gold in the prestigious Smithfield Awards.

C Nicholson & Sons, from Whitley Bay, picked up a brace of golds with its Caramelised Onion Scotch Eggs, and Fresh and Tasty Spanish Chicken. The Park Street shop has this year been celebrating its milestone centenary.

A total of 479 products from 54 Q butchers nationwide were entered for the eight categories in this year’s Smithfield Awards, the annual national product evaluation competition. They were judged by independent panels of food and meat industry experts.

Matthew Fort, who presented the awards, said: “I’ve admired butchers all my life.

“I’ve spent many hours watching butchers going about their business and every time there’s something to be learnt. I’ve never had a serious conversation with a butcher where I haven’t learned something.

“I think the future can be extremely positive for Q Guild butchers; the emphasis on quality, precision and wisdom – you can’t put too high a price on that.”