Port Macquarie butcher, Gregory Bisaro has put an Italian twist on an old classic after mincing this year's Mid North Coast Australian Meat Industry Council Sausage King Competition with four strong placings.
The Waniora Village Butchery owner blew his rivals out of the water with a first place for his 'mozzarella stuffed Italian burger' in the best butchers burger open class at Coffs Harbour on June 6.
The 2019 national Sausage King finalist's snags were a cut above the rest again this year, winning the traditional Australian beef sausages category for the second year in a row.
The meat-mincing magician also placed second and third for best butchers burger open class for his bush honey lamb, tomato bacon burgers.
"I think the burgers won because it's something different," said Mr Bisaro.
"Everyone does burgers but I've got a little Italian secret recipe, as a twist I put a pocket in it and stuff it with mozzarella cheese.
"When you open it up there is the gooey mozzarella cheese.
"All through my life my father used to do the same thing."
His butchery best won a third place finish in the Traditional Australian Beef sausages category at this year's National Sausage King competition held in Fremantle.
"I thought I'd do alright but two firsts and two places is pretty good," said Mr Bisaro.
"I'm happy with that.
"I get more enjoyment about people coming in and saying 'that was really good'."
Mr Bisaro entered a wide variety of meaty delights for the competition including jalapeno beef, old English pork, green Thai curry crocodile, bratwurst, pork, pecorino and truffled honey sausages among others.
He now plans to head into the Sausage King state titles held in Sydney in September, then having another chop at the coveted national titles tournament next year.
"My aim is to make it to the nationals, which won't be until the February next year," he said.
"It's just about promoting quality products because butcher shops are closing every week across Australia.
"We're only a little shop but we hold our own."
Also making news:
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox from the Port Macquarie News. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, SIGN UP HERE.