Far North butcher snags state sausage king win
A NORTHERN beaches butcher will try to prove he is a cut above the country’s best after he was crowned Queensland’s traditional beef sausage king.
Clifton Beach Butchery owner Mitch Hammond will take his award-winning sausage to Melbourne next year after blitzing the field at the Ekka last week.
“I guess we had the freshest and best quality ingredients,” he said. “It is just getting that meat to fat ratio perfect. Making sure they aren’t too dry and not too fatty. We put our own little spin on it.”
Mr Hammond sources his meat from the Tablelands and other local producers.
The victory was the first time the 30-year-old has entered a sausage competition.
“We were quietly confident, but we never expected to win,” he said.
Mr Hammond moved to Clifton Beach from New South Wales about 12 months ago.
He said the lifestyle and opportunity to run his first butcher shop were drawcards.
“We came up for a holiday then packed up and moved up after that,” he said.
The Australian Meat Industry Council’s National Sausage King competition is held annually. The competition starts at a regional level in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.