Michael Caines, MBE, is donning the butcher’s apron as Head Judge of a local competition with a lot of flavour. Devon Air Ambulance has joined forces with The Butchers at Darts Farm to launch a competition that invites the creation of exciting new sausage flavour combinations for the chance to win a year’s supply of the winning flavour - that’s 300 sausages!

Michael Caines is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed chefs and was recently awarded with a Michelin star for his own hotel, Lympstone Manor, after just six months. Food fans will recognise him as a staple of such popular culinary TV shows as Master Chef and Saturday Kitchen.

Darts Farm is renowned for local, seasonal, produce of quality,” says Caines. “I am delighted that The Butchers at Darts Farm and Devon Air Ambulance have asked me to judge their competition. My advice to entrants is choose your favourite flavours but keep it simple. Make sure you also come up with a great name, which maybe ties in Devon Air Ambulance too,” he adds.

Sausage enthusiasts can enter online, or they can pick up a form at the butchers’ counter at Fermoys Garden Centre, or The Butchers at Dart’s Farm, near Topsham. Forms are also available at 19 local Devon Air Ambulance charity shops across Devon.

The winning sausage will go on sale at both The Butchers at Darts Farm and Fermoy’s, with £1 donated to Devon Air Ambulance for every pound in weight of the sausages sold. The closing date is Friday 14 September at 5pm.

Food fans will recognise Michael Caines from a host of TV appearances

The Butchers at Darts Farm and Devon Air Ambulance will shortlist three sausages, with judging panel, and head judge Michael Caines, sampling the top three to determine the winning banger.

Huge thanks to Michael for agreeing to be our head judge and give up his time to come along,” says, Alastair David of The Butchers at Darts Farm and Fermoys. “We’ve run a similar competition in the past, which was very popular and raised more than £1,200 for a local charity. This seems like the natural way for us to support Devon Air Ambulance. We’re looking forward to seeing which kinds of ingredients feature, and, of course, in seeing which creative sausage names reference the charity.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising and Communications Director for Devon Air Ambulance says,

I’d like to thank Michael for taking time away from his extensive commitments to judge the competition. It really does mean a lot.” She adds, “We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of ingredients and varieties of sausages our imaginative supporters come up with, and, of course, to tasting them!

 Submit your sensational sausage flavour combination here!