A Fenland butcher is enjoying sizzling success after scooping two prestigious awards for his tasty bangers.
Nigel Colam, owner of Chatteris Town Butchers, won silver and bronze in the pork industry’s top sausage awards, held ahead of national British.
A butcher for 30 years, it was the first time the master sausage-maker had entered the contest – yet he beat more than 450 other entrants in the independent butcher category to win the two gongs.
Nigel won the silver award in the best innovative sausage category with his new sausage The Thrill. The spicy paprika, chilli and garlic creation was inspired by Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill, who is sponsored by the butcher, and promises to “pack a punch”.
He also won a bronze award in the traditional sausage category with his customer favourite, The Chatteris Banger, a mix of Lincolnshire and Cumberland sausages.
Nigel said: “My customers keep telling me ‘I told you your sausages were good!’ but I was surprised I did so well – especially as it was my first year of entering and we were up against a lot of competition.”
Nigel sold five, seven kilo batches of The Thrill – a whopping 660 sausages – in just four days, not to mention sales of all his other popular flavours.
“I do about 30 different flavours altogether. Most of the time we have four every week and then do different ones on a ten-day special,” explained Nigel, who took over Chatteris Town Butchers last September from Donitas Benis, who is staying working at the shop until September next year.
Some of Nigel’s more unusual flavour sausages include pork and wholegrain mustard, pork and Reggae Reggae sauce, pork and marmalade and Bloody Mary, which is pork with plum tomatoes and Worcester sauce.
The two award-winning sausages will be available throughout British Sausage Week along with a special Bonfire Night themed sausage too.