A Tayport butchers has become the talk of the town after winning the award for Scotland’s Best Specialty Burger.
Marzipans Meats, on Castle Street, walked away with the coveted Diamond Award at the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards 2020, marking their original burger – the sweet chilli cheeseburger – as the best in the business.
Owner Paul Marzinik, who launched the business three years ago, said his award-winning cheeseburger was a classic flavour combination that was already a winner with his customers.
“It’s the fastest selling burger we do and it outsells all the others.
“Sweet chilli sauce and cheese are two things that people often add to a burger so I decided to create something that combined these favourite flavours at the outset. It’s fantastic to have it recognised by national judges as an outstanding product – that means everything to me.”
“I’m over the moon to win the Scottish title and our beautiful Diamond Award will take pride of place in the shop window.
“My dad’s busy producing plenty more – so hopefully anyone wanting to try Scotland’s best speciality burgers won’t leave empty-handed.
“This is an unbelievable honour and we’re over the moon to receive this recognition from the industry and our peers. It’s a tremendous boost to a young enterprise.”
Gordon King, Executive Manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, said the standard in this year’s industry evaluations had been “exceptional”.
“Every time we stage these awards the bar just gets higher,” he said. “The innovation, dedication, quality and consistency shown by Scotland’s butchers is outstanding and the products presented for evaluation were among the best we’ve ever seen.
“We had nearly 400 entries this year, resulting in three Diamond (for best beef burger; best speciality burger and best speciality sausage), 120 Gold and 196 Silver awards being presented – all demonstrating the very high standard of product developed and sold by our local butchers.”
Mr King praised the outstanding contribution of Scotland’s butchers throughout the Covid-19 crisis, stressing that many had gone the extra mile to ensure that housebound, elderly and vulnerable customers enjoyed home deliveries and that measures were taken to ensure shop customers enjoyed a safe and compliant shopping environment throughout.
“Scotland’s local butchers proved yet again that they are the heart of the community and they have excelled not only as a local service but also on the national stage with some truly outstanding products.”