Butcher Glenn triumphs at ‘meat Oscars’

Rhonda Montgomery (CEO), Glenn McDowell (Glenn's Limavady), Sean Owens (Chief Judge)

Rhonda Montgomery (CEO), Glenn McDowell (Glenn's Limavady), Sean Owens (Chief Judge)

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A Limavady butcher has triumphed at an All Ireland competition, walking away with a top acccolade for his sausages and burgers.

Glenn McDowell, from Glenn’s Butchers, was crowned ‘All Ireland Grand Prix Runner-Up Champion’ at the All Ireland Sausage & Burger Championship.

The 34-year-old said he was thrilled to come out a winner from the competition organised by Butchery Excellence Ireland.

Glenn’s Butchers received a string of accolades including category gold win for ‘Spicy Beef & Mozzarella Meatballs’ as well as being announced silver runner up for Beef Burger and bronze runner up for Continental Sausage ‘Authentic Toulouse Sausage’, Beef Sausages and Traditional Vegetable Roll.

The Limavady man worked in Derry, in the Hatmore area, for several years before making the move back home five years ago to open his own business in Anderson Avenue where he employs five staff.

“It’s great to win something like this, especially when you think of the competition that was there, more than 150 entries,” Glenn told the ‘Journal’. “I’m delighted.”

Butchery Excellence Ireland, based in Aughnacloy, aims at helping butchers “across the country keep on top of changes to legislation, food safety, food labelling, new product development, personal development, training and marketing”.

Butchery Excellence Ireland is a 32-county organisation.