Taste of success for Arbroath butchers

Pamela Bennett, manager Chris Livingstone and Graeme Macintyre, from Scobie & Junor, are pictured with the award-winning pepperoni and jalapeno chicken Wraps which won the gluten free product of the Year 2016 diamond award.
Pamela Bennett, manager Chris Livingstone and Graeme Macintyre, from Scobie & Junor, are pictured with the award-winning pepperoni and jalapeno chicken Wraps which won the gluten free product of the Year 2016 diamond award.

Arbroath butchers D H Robertson won the top prize as best product in the very first evaluation of gluten-free meat products.

The 2016 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards gave butchers from throughout Scotland the opportunity to showcase the work they have been doing to develop gluten-free products.

Robertsons had an internal challenge to see which member of staff could come up with the best product.

Pamela Bennett’s puy lentil and chorizo chicken breast won a silver award, but manager Chris Livingstone sweated it out when the awards were announced in Dundee last week.

Chris’ pepperoni and jalapeno chicken wrap had still not been called when it got to the final award of the night.

Much to Chris’ delight his product received the aiamond award for the very best product in the evaluation.

He said: “I was never in any doubt that my product would win, when the last award was announced I knew it had to be mine.”

Graeme McIntyre, of competition sponsors Scobie & Junor, said: “Gluten-free is fast becoming the norm in our new product specifications rather than the exception.”

Perth butcher Beaton Lindsay, president of the Scottish Craft Butchers, added: “We run these evaluations to recognise the innovation and expertise that goes into the quality products that craft butchers make.

“Customers are becoming increasingly interested in sourcing the very best meat products available.

‘‘Our evaluation aids the customer in finding all the good products out there at our specialist butchers.”

More than 100 gluten-free products from all across Scotland were delivered to the City of Glasgow College.

There they were judged by a team of experts under the supervision of Craft Butchers chief executive, Douglas Scott.