An Inverness butcher has officially set a brand new sizzling Guinness World Record for making the most sausages in one minute.
Ali Paul from A&I Quality Butchers has been crowned the first Guinness World Record holder of this unique new record. He successfully cased and linked 36 sausages – made from Specially Selected Pork – in one minute live on the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) stand at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Ali has now been confirmed as the world record holder by Guinness.
It was north against south as Ali went head to head against Nigel Ovens from Mearns T McCaske Butchers, Wemyss Bay to see who would come out on top and take home the sausage title. Ali narrowly beat Nigel who produced 35 sausages, just missing out on the top accolade.
Commenting on his new champion status, Ali said: “After weeks of training, it is amazing to be able to say that I am an official Guinness World Record holder – the hard work has certainly paid off!
“It still hasn’t sunk in; it was a very close run so I am absolutely delighted. Every little detail had to be exact, from the length of sausages to the casing and linking. Concentration was the key. We were given a really good casing, the mixture was perfect – everything just went really well.
“Being a butcher isn’t just a job for me, it is a way of life. To think that I have helped highlight the importance of Scottish produce to a wider audience is incredible. I would like to thank QMS for inviting me to participate in this challenge – this is a moment I will never forget!”
Graeme Sharp, QMS marketing executive, said: “This year we wanted to bring something different to the Royal Highland Show and one of the main aims of the world record attempt was to raise the profile of the skills and commitment of our butchers who are at the heart of communities around the country.
“Both Ali and Nigel are members of the QMS Scotch Butchers Club which has over 300 members across the UK, who are all quality independent butchers and source their Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork from approved suppliers.
“It was a pleasure to watch them battle it out against each other and, with the north and south divide, the crowd really rallied behind their chosen contender.
“On behalf of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) I would like to congratulate Ali on his achievement.”