RICHARD Tuckey, part of the father and son team that runs the acclaimed 'Farm shop' butchers in Meriden, has been bringing the delights of meat from rare breeds to a wider audience, after appearing as one of the competitors on ITV's 'Britain's Best Dish'.
Richard, whose family's involvement with farm produce dates back more than 400 years, entered the competition with his North Ronaldsay lamb, which is unique to the only accredited traditional breeds butcher in The Midlands.
His successful audition saw him cook a delicious cannon of mutton stuffed with black pudding, and stuffed North Ronaldsay lamb loin with venison, orange and cranberry sausage meat.
His traditional dish wowed the judges in the first round, but a competitive fish and chips sadly cut his time in the competition short.
The North Ronaldsay lamb used by Richard is an ancient breed that has adapted simply to a diet of seaweed in Orkney.
For many centuries the people of North Ronaldsay have successfully preserved this ancient breed under a communal system, where all decisions about the flock are taken collectively by a committee of sheep owners, known as The Sheep Court.
The meat itself is dark and lean, and is high in polyunsaturates, the sheep are also only slaughtered in the winter to ensure they are in prime condition.
To see Richard cook his dishes visit www.itv.com/Lifestyle/BritainsBestDish for programme reruns and full recipes.
To find out more about The Farm Shop call 01676 522409.