Champion butcher Nigel Hofmann better beware of the new kid on the block - his daughter.
Emily Hofmann, 16, struck gold in a young sausage makers’ competition this week and then laid down the gauntlet to her award-winning dad.
The Wakefield Girls High School pupil scored 99 out of 100 for her pork and leek sausages in an industry event in Harrogate on Wednesday.
Miss Hofmann said: “I’ve told dad that I’m going to compete against him next time, and I’ll beat him.”
But dad Nigel, 47, who was crowned Britain’s best sausage maker in 2011, is undaunted and said: “Bring it on.”
The father and daughter team have just returned from the Great Yorkshire Showground where the Hofmann family won gold awards for all six products they entered.
Miss Hofmann said: I’ve been going to competitions with my dad since about the age of six, basically ever since I can remember.
“I’ve seen how much he loves to compete and how much it meant to him each time he won. When he told me he was entering this time and there was a young sausage maker category, I was eager to enter.”
But the business studies scholar was determined not to let her illustrious dad give her too much help. She added: “I wanted to see what I could do by myself. I’ve helped dad make his entries before and just wanted to do it by myself.”
Meanwhile dad Nigel was putting the finishing touches on his champion speciality pork casserole pie, which came top of its class in Harrogate.
Despite her big score Emily was pipped to the young sausage maker’s prize by life-long friend Luke Haigh. He is the son of prize-winning Huddersfield butcher Simon Haigh who annually goes toe- to-toe with Mr Hofmann in industry competitions. Now their children are taking up the challenge.
The dad-of-two said: “I’m so proud of Emily.”
Miss Hofmann added: “I really enjoyed the experience but cooking the sausages was definitely the hardest part, so many little things can go wrong and I’m just like my dad, if they are not perfect, they’re not good enough.”