The title ‘National Charcuterie Champion’ was awarded to Barry Walker from the Hampshire Salami Co in the recent National Craft Butchers Awards 2020, representing the very best of the UK butchery trade

Having been a new member of National Craft Butchers for less than 12 months, Barry Walker entered three salami products into the Charcuterie class of the National Craft Butchers Awards 2020 winning two GOLD medals and one SILVER medal.

The individual winners in each category were announced in early October, and two weeks later on the 20th October, in a live Instagram ceremony the overall winners of each category were announced, with Barry of the Hampshire Salami Co named as ‘best in class’ and the 2020 overall winner of the Charcuterie section of the awards, as the new ‘Charcuterie Champion’ amid stiff competition from seasoned meat curers who have been entering this competition for many years. National Craft Butchers is the guild that represents butchers in the UK, and the annual awards programme is one of the most hotly contested food award programmes in the UK.

“I was absolutely delighted to have been awarded the two Golds and Silver for my individual products in the overall competition, but when I learned that I have won the coveted best in class Charcuterie Champion award for 2020 I was absolutely stunned! Being judged by the best in the butchery trade and winning is a real testimony that we are doing something right. Add to this being judged Hampshire Charcuterie Champion in the Hampshire Fare ‘Great Sausage & Pie Awards’ in February this year it has been a great year for Hampshire Salami.

Hampshire Salami products are available from Hampshire Salami direct  and from Hampshire Deli & Farm Shop at Wolverton Park, Wolverton, RG26 5RU. See Facebook @hampshiresalami