Sausage kings named
By Madeleine Logan TOOWOOMBA butcher Mark Nolan's weekly sausage sales grew from 150 to 800 kilograms after he was crowned the 2004 National Beef Sausage King champion. "We doubled total turnover and had to put on two more staff," he said. Mr Nolan remembers the humble sausage was seen as a cheap substitute when he started as a butcher 30 years ago. "Now sausages are the main feature for every butcher," he said. Mr Nolan's Grays Modern Meat Mart team took out the traditional Australian beef and chicken sausage categories at yesterday's Outback Sausage King Championships in Allora. Pittsworth butchers Rob and Rhonda Ashton won the pork, continental and gourmet categories. Mrs Ashton said the couple's creations had been tested on their customers before being entered in the competition. "We are now taking three to the state finals at the Brisbane Ekka," she said. Chief judge Allan Rowan said it was hard to choose between the 135 entries. "It's my 10th year of judging and I find every year we're getting better quality entries," he said.