2015 was a great year for the McCarthys they won three major awards from the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland. Including Supreme Speciality Food Champion title for their Sliabh Luachra Smoked Air Dried Beef.
They had similar success at the Blas na hEireann Irish food awards their traditional black pudding and our famous Bramley sausages won gold for being the best in the land at the national food awards in Dingle.
Jack and Tim were pleased to see their new speciality product Guanciale do well and secure a silver medal in the Blas na hEireann food awards. Guanciale is tasty cured and spiced pig’s jowel – a very flavoursome ingredient, used like you might use a pancetta. They also received a silver for their special black pudding, using the recipe that was used to serve the Queen at the state banquet.
They entered five products in the Associated Craft Butchers awards, winning awards for all of them – traditional sausage, bramley apple sausage, black pudding, white pudding and speciality sausage – gluten free chicken sausage.
BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme covered this years event and did a special feature about the McCarthys. Jack and Tim were delighted to receive the only Irish gold medal from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding in 2013. Not only was it the only Irish medal it was an International victory as it was for “International Creativity”.
What did they do to earn this accolade you wonder?
Jack and Tim created a pudding inspired by the centre-piece of a medieval feast. Kanturk is derived from the Irish, “Ceann Tuirc”, which means “The Boar’s Head” so in honor of their home town they stuffed a locally sourced boar’s head with a special rum and raisin black pudding. The judges were wowed by their creative approach.
Not only did they win the medal, BBC Radio 4 covered the event in The Food Programme and visited Kanturk to interview Jack and Tim.
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McCarthy’s win two gold medals and a bronze medal from La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding. This gave them the highest achievement of any participant in Europe at the event. They received Gold awards for le boudin traditionelle and le boudin a grilliere and the Bronze was for le boudin creatif.
At the Irish Food Writer’s Guild awards in March 2012 Jack McCarthy received a Special Award for his Exceptional Contribution to Irish Food
McCarthys win a beautiful cup and the Grand Prix d’honneur for their white pudding from the Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duché d’Alençon
Jack McCarthy is voted Sunday Independent Local Food Hero 2011 by the Irish Public
Jack McCarthy is “Megabytes” Man of the Year. At the end of December, Bridgestone announced the results of the Megabytes awards for 2010. Jack McCarthy was honoured to be awarded the title of Man of the Year.
McCarthys were awarded a Gold Medal for their black pudding at the annual awards organised by La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding. The French Fraternity visited Kanturk to present Jack with his award.
The Bridgestone Best in Ireland Award 2010
“Boars Head” Blackpudding is the highest placed Blackpudding in the Blas na hÉireann Awards in Dingle
Sliabh Luachra Beef wins Gold Star Award at the Great Taste Awards
La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Goûte Boudin, or the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Blackpudding awarded a medal and certificate for McCarthys’ Pudding in celebration of achieving third place in this major international competition.
The Bridgestone Best in Ireland Award 2009
At the Craft Butchers Sausage and Pudding Awards 2009 McCarthys won three Gold Awards for Black Pudding, Herb Sausages and White Pudding
Guinness & Cider Spiced Beef is National Champion at Assoc. Craft Butchers of Ireland National Spiced Beef Competition
Tim McCarthy wins Good Food Ireland’s Best Next Generation Butcher
Great Taste Awards Gold 1 Star for Traditional Irish Dry Cure Back Bacon
Great Taste Awards Gold 1 Star for Traditional Irish Smoked Streaky Bacon
Sliabh Luachra Beef is declared Supreme Champion and wins Gold Award at ACBI Speciality Foods Competition
Cherrywood Smoked Beef wins Gold Award at ACBI Speciality Foods Competition
Smoked Middle of Bacon wins Gold in the ACBI Regional Competition
Great Taste Awards Gold with a star for Duhallow Lamb Sausage
Great Taste Awards Double Gold with two stars for Free-range Middlecut Rasher Green Bacon
Great Taste Awards Bronze for Cherry and Oak Smoked Sirloin
Great Taste Awards Gold for Spiced Dry Cured Streaky Rashers
Great Taste Awards Bronze for Oak Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Rashers
Great Taste Awards – Bronze Award for Traditional Irish Spiced Beef
Great Taste Awards – Gold Award for Honey Cured Roast Pork
Great Taste Awards – Gold Award and Declared Best Irish Speciality Product for Spiced Dry Cured Back Rashers. Jean Christophe Novelli presented the coveted award.
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Diamond Award and Regional Winners for Traditional Butchers Sausage
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Diamond Award for White Pudding
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Silver Award for Chicken Sage and Onion Sausage
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Diamond Award for Black Pudding
International Butchers’ Confederation in Zurich – Tim McCarthy and the Irish Team take 4th Place
International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Traditional Dry Cured Back Rashers
International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Irish Honey Cured Roast pork
International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Guinness & Cider Spiced Beef
International Fresh Food Festival in the Netherlands – Gold Star Award for Roast Lamb with Black Pudding and Smoky Bacon
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Silver Award for Garlic & Herb Sausage
ACBI National Sausage & Pudding Competition – Regional Silver Award for Trad Butchers Sausage
ACBI National Spiced Beef Competition – Silver Award for Traditional Spiced Beef