Well-known Shoalhaven butcher Nathan Alcock is on top of the world - okay Australia.
The multi-award winning butcher, who owns and runs Mountain Side Meats at both Shoalhaven Heads and North Nowra, was part of the NSW/ACT Butchers' team which took out the State of Original style, State Butchers' Competition.
"It's just an amazing feeling," he said of being crowned Australia's best at the Showdown in the Showground at Hawkesbury at the weekend.
As well as the popular butchers' challenge the Showdown featured the Natural Wood Co. Invitational BBQ Competition - 'the richest BBQ competition in Australia', where 30 of the top Australian barbecue teams, along with 20 teams from around the world, battled it out for a share of $50,000 in cash, prizes and trophies.
"It was a honour just to be selected in the NSW team. Now to be Australian champions is unbelievable.
It was a honour just to be selected in the NSW team. Now to be Australian champions is unbelievable. A dream come true.Shoalhaven butcher Nathan Alcock
"A dream come true."
He said this win was the "biggest of his career" - a big statement when you consider he has tasted success at numerous Sausage King competitions, both nationally and state-wide.
"This is massive," he said.
The NSW/ACT team downed Queensland to take the title with Victoria placing third.
"To go there and take the win was something I've dreamed about for a long time," he said.
"It's what we've been working towards all these years. We've won a couple of national awards but this is the icing on the cake.
"Just incredible. So proud to be part of this team and, of course, score the win."
Along with Nathan, the NSW team included Craig Munro of Wilberforce, who was captain, as well as Jonny Emney from Mudgee, Cal Holgon from Canberra and Garreth Gorringe from Ryde.
Competitors were given a whole lamb and a beef rump for the competition and over nine 10-minute rounds had to achieve a number of set tasks.
They also had four mystery rounds, where they had to prepare items like chickens, a lamb loin and one was even skinning an ox tongue.
The NSW team won two of those challenges.
"They were all 10 minute events, so they were pretty hectic," he said.
"You were under the pump from the get-go.
"Throughout the competition, we didn't know the scores."
But obviously, the NSW boys did enough to impress the judges, who were industry leaders from the Australian Meat Industry Council, Meat and Livestock Australia and TAFE NSW, to claim the win.
"It was just a great day. The whole event up at Hawkesbury was well run and attracted a big crowd," Mr Alcock said.
"It was a fierce competition but also a lot of fun.
"We'll be back again next year that's for sure."
Nathan will now turn his attention to the Shaky Isles, across the ditch, where he will head next February for the New Zealand Butcher Wars.
From there he is also possibly eyeing off a butcher wars competition in Brazil and the Sydney Butcher Wars in May, which is a truly international event, where he this year placed fourth against 30 butchers from Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and Australia taking part.
If you'd like to see the Australian champion's trophy, Nathan's is proudly on display at the North Nowra shop.