An apprentice butcher is giving his boss a run for his money after scoring top marks in a sausage competition.
Matthew Williams has been working at Gordon’s Butchers – owned by Gordon Robson – in East Boldon for the last three years.
The pair entered the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Park Award, which took place at Monkton at the weekend.
In the competition, Matthew scored 100 – the highest mark possible – with his own take on a chorizo-style sausage, and took home a gold award.
Meanwhile Gordon, who also achieved three golds, two silvers and a bronze, managed a mark of 99.
Gordon said: “Well, what can I say? I’ve clearly taught him well.
“It’s fantastic he’s achieved this in his first ever competition.
“You start off with 100 points and the judges will deduct them for various reasons, but Matthew didn’t lose any.
“He certainly beat me, as my best mark was 99 out of 100. He was over the moon with his win, but he was more worried if he had to make a speech when he collected his certificate, which he didn’t.”
Gordon gained golds for his traditional sausages, a sizzler banger and a pork and caramelised onion offering.
The two silver accolades were for a pork-style Kiev and maple cured bacon.
And the bronze was for what he calls a ‘terrible’ attempt at a pork pie.
He said: “I had a total disaster with the pork pie, I ruined the pastry when I was baking it on the morning of the show, so had to quickly make up a second batch.
“It was terrible, but somehow I ended up with the bronze award, so it mustn’t have been that bad after all.”
Gordon hasn’t entered any competitions during the last three years due to being very busy.
But he aims to take part in more next year, and all of the winning creations will be sold in the shop.
He said: “I have been so busy, and to be honest I was winning them all.
“But I always used to enter competitions as a young lad, so I thought it was be a good experience for Matthew to take part in them too. His apprenticeship is nearly over, but I’ve already taken him on as a full-time member of staff as I’ve been so impressed by how hard he’s worked.
“All of our winning combinations will be on sale for our customers to buy too, so they can have a try.”