Success for Northern Irish butcher in all Ireland awards

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Northern Irish family butcher B&M Meats in Newry, County Down, was a major success in the recent All Ireland BBQ Awards.

The small business claimed a series of awards including winning the speciality burger category.

The butchery business, headed by Bryan McNamee, who was part of the winning Irish team in the World Butchery Challenge held in Belfast in March, was among butchers from many parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at the annual event organised in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, by the Butchery Excellence consultancy.

The 2018 Butchery Excellence All Ireland BBQ Championships Awards are among the most prestigious showcases of achievement in Irish meat.

An expert judging panel overseen proceedings, including chief judge Dave Lang, who sat alongside award-winning sausage maker Ernan McGettigan, Keith Fisher, chief executive of the Institute of Meat, and Leslie Williams, a renowned food critic for the Irish Examiner and Irish Food Guild writer.

The competition was open to all butchers in Ireland and attracted a record volume of entries across 12 categories.

Rhonda Montgomery, chief executive of Butchery Excellence International, says: “The calibre of the entrants this year was exceptional, so to have come away with a title of All Ireland Champion is a great achievement.”

The ceremony was hosted by Dave Lang and the judges awarded runner up awards to those they felt were deserving of this extra level of recognition, such as Bryan McNamee of B&M Meats.

B&M was also named second in the overall winner award.

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