John recently filmed with Jamie and Jimmy while they have been meeting with some of the countrys top sausage makers in the Food Fight Club for Channel 4 at Jimmys farm.
John was representing the North West with the Victorian Sausage and the award winning Manchester Sausage:
Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty have been best mates since they were in short trousers. Now they’re all grown up, they’re opening a little pop upcaff at the end of Southend Pier to serve up and big up the best of British grub.
In last weeks programme, Jimmy and Jamie check if our sausages measure up to the Germans’, Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow pops in to the caff to cook pasta with the boys and face a new Food Fight challenge involving marshmallows. And Jimmy takes on a stomach-turning food tasting in the name of science.
The sausage is a national institution in Germany, with over 1,500 varieties and the average German eats around 43,000 sausages in a lifetime – but they don’t think much of British bangers.
Jamie and Jimmy are going up against an respected German sausage maker to persuade the Prince of Bavaria to change his mind and put their bangers on his restaurant menu.
There’s not much the Germans don’t know about sausages. And for some inside tips they enlist Florian Frey, a German so obsessed with his country’s sausages he set up the Herman Ze German shop in London to sell them.
According to Florian, Germans don’t like sage or bread in their sausages and they don’t like coarse mince. Which is going to be a challenge as that rules out most British bangers…
Jimmy thinks our secret weapons are the British rare breed pigs, such as Tamworth, Saddleback, Gloucestershire Old Spot and Large Black.So the boys organise a piggy catwalk to choose which pig breed to make their sausages from, helped by expert Vaughan Byrne.
Then they need to decide which type of traditional British bangers to cook, so they recruit some of the country’s top sausage makers including John Mettrick to taste their wares.