Photo: DAMIAN McGILL
A SHOALHAVEN Heads butcher and his team are vying for national success on Saturday at the National Sausage King finals in the Hunter Valley.
Nathan Alcock of Mountain View Meats is a finalist in two divisions – lamb and gourmet sausages.
After excelling at regional and state level he would love to add a national gong to the business’s growing list of successes.
“Hopefully we can go one better than last year and bring home a first place,” he said.
“It would be nice to bring a couple of trophies home.”
Last year the butchery placed second at the nationals with its pork sausages.
“I think we definitely have two very good sausages that will hopefully impress the judges,” he said.
The state title winning lamb sausages included a mix of coconut, curry and coriander, while the gourmet sausages included satay, macadamia and fresh coriander.
Mr Alcock said the judging panel of six, which includes a butcher, chef and a member of the public, would be looking for a variety of elements that make up a good sausage, including flavour, texture and aroma.
He said the business’s success came down to using good quality ingredients and having a passionate team.
“We use the best meat and ingredients, herbs and spices and we take a lot of care with what we are doing,” Mr Alcock said.
He said it was also credit to his team which includes butchers Kory Edwards and Nick Martin and apprentices Brady Harris Monteith and Joshua Parker.