Sunderland schoolgirl wins sausage design competition

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A Sunderland schoolgirl is flavour of the month after creating a winning sausage recipe.

 Freeman Catering Butchers, from South Shields, laid down the gastronomic gauntlet to budding Jamie Olivers to come up with an all-new succulent sausage.

School children were challenged to ‘Invent a Sausage’ in the competition which involved infant and primary school children from across the North East.

The competition asked them to create a bespoke banger, while also educating them in food awareness, numeracy, literacy, innovation and design.

From the hundreds of entries, the winner was ‘Evie’s Pizza Sausage’ by Evie Finnigan, a Year 2 pupil from St Paul’s CE Primary School, Ryhope, Sunderand.

She said “Everybody loves sausages and everybody loves pizza so I mixed the flavours together to make the ultimate sausage! My friends and I can’t wait to taste it.”

The Pizza Sausage recipe consists of pork, tomato, cheese, ham and sweetcorn.

The winning sausage will be made by Freeman’s Catering Butchers and served for lunch at St Paul’s Primary School.

Natalie Fountain, headteacher at St Paul’s Primary School, said:“We are delighted that Evie has won this competition.

“It was a great way for the children to learn exactly where their food comes from and how it is made, while allowing them to be creative themselves. They’re all looking forward to pizza sausages for lunch.”

As well as having her sausages made for the whole school, Evie will be given the Pizza Sausages to take home for her and her family to enjoy and St Paul’s Primary will receive £300 from the butchers.

Other inventions were the Breakfast Sausage, ‘Guy Porks’ – celebrating the Gunpowder Plot, Party Pig Sausage and Christmas with Bells On.

Dan Freeman, owner and director of Freeman Catering Butchers said: “We’re passionate about meat and wanted to give something back to the community.

“The sausage contest was a great way to get kids thinking creatively whilst also teaching them about where their food comes from.

“Evie did a great job with the Pizza Sausage and we’re looking forward to putting it into production.”

Freeman Catering Butchers was established in South Shields in 1953 and has

been a family led business ever since.