Butcher snags second prize

James Collicoat of Pyrenees Premium Cuts pictured with a link of their handmade sausages which were recently crowned the second best in the whole of Australia.

After losing their Avoca shop to fire last September, Pyrenees Premium Cuts has risen from the flames to snag a national sausage title.

Now solely operating out of their Maryborough store, Pyrenees Premium Cuts owners Hayley and James Collicoat have added a second place trophy in the National Sausage King Competition to their growing collection of accolades.

The win came from their traditional Australian beef entry and Mrs Collicoat said they are “really proud” to bring home national recognition.

“In our industry it’s probably the most prestigious of all the awards because it’s for the plain sausage,” she said.

“To take out second place in a national competition after three years of business and the fire — we’re pretty happy with that.

“It’s (the judging criteria) pretty brutal and it’s hard competition. Western Australia and South Australia are very strong in that category, but this year when we heard our name come through we were just so rapt that we could bring this award home to little Maryborough and little Avoca.

“It’s things like this, I think, that keep towns like ours going. That recognition of a good product.

“It’s been a really good achieve- ment to keep our name out there and keep people coming to Mary- borough not only to shop in our shop, but the rest of the town.”

Mrs Collicoat said the secret to their award-winning snag is that it’s almost completely handmade.

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