Best burg­ers, sausages put to test

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

The West­ern Aus­tralian Meat In­dus­try Coun­cil’s an­nual Re­gional Sausage King and Best Butch­ers Burger Com­pe­ti­tions kick off to­day at the South Metropoli­tan TAFE in Bent­ley.

Now in its 18th year, the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracts more than 150 en­trants an­nu­ally.

En­tries are judged on the un­cooked and cooked ap­pear­ance be­fore be­ing taste-tested for flavour and tex­ture.

Treen­dale butch­ers Pete’s Chop Shop has won the South West Re­gional Sausage King ti­tle four times in the past five years and fin­ished sec­ond in 2015.

“Qual­ity in­gre­di­ents is the se­cret,” owner Peter Gian­francesco said.

“We’re us­ing Plan­ta­genet free- range pork, Mt Barker chick­ens, Henty Brook an­gus grass fed beef, fresh in­gre­di­ents, time and nat­u­ral cas­ings, not ar­ti­fi­cial.”

For 2018, Pete’s Chop Shop is re­turn­ing to de­fend its crown with 14 en­tries, in­clud­ing three new en­tries, a range of beef, pork and chicken jalapeno sausages.

The Re­gional WA cat­e­gory will be judged to­mor­row.

The win­ners will com­pete at the Royal Show and the win­ner from that com­pe­ti­tion will be judged at the Na­tional Fi­nals in Perth in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Gian­francesco said al­though it would be great to win the Na­tional ti­tle, he is per­fectly happy with what he has achieved so far and the level his busi­ness is at.

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