TRADITIONAL Meriden butcher Phil Tucker was crowned "Butcher of the Year" at a prestigious ceremony held in Warwick Castle.
Philip Tuckey, aged 59, has run Berkswell Traditional Farmstead Meats farmshop and butchers with his family for almost two decades and has been in the trade for 45 years.
His top quality meats and produce impressed judges in the Warwickshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2008.
The glitzy ceremony acknowledges the finest food and drink produced in Warwickshire and includes a variety of categories such as Best Farm Shop and Chef of the Year.
"The four finalists in the category were all really good local butchers. It was such a lovely honour to win and the whole ceremony was like being at the Oscars!"
Philip said being in the Tuckey family meant upholding a long custom of farming and butchery - around 450 years - in the county.
He put his success down to good consumer knowledge and pride in the job.
We are very hands on and passionate about what we sell. And only deal with small producers so we can explain to customers exactly where their purchase is coming from," he said.
Philip was awarded with a trophy and said he hoped to be as successful in next year's contest.