A north-east butcher has come out on top at a national industry awards ceremony for his unique take on a cupcake.
Alistair Bruce, who owns Fraserburgh butcher Bruce of the Broch, scooped the top prize in the prestigious Scottish Craft Butchers Awards for haggis products.
He created haggis cupcakes, which are a layered creation of haggis, neeps and tatties, in the traditional cupcake shape.
Mr Bruce, who has been involved with the family business since he was 11 years old and is a fourth generation butcher, said: “Our haggis sells well all year round but it’s important to keep devising new products to present our national dish to the public and keep them interested in it.
“We decided the haggis cupcake was worthy of entering the Scottish Craft Butchers evaluation and we’re absolutely delighted to take top honours.”
He added he would be upping production activity ahead of Burns Night.
The bi-annual Craft Butchers Awards include judging on a number of different meat-based products for members of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA).
The honour was announced at a prestigious awards ceremony last night.
It is not the first time that Mr Bruce has been crowned champion at the ceremony.
He scooped a diamond award in 2017 at the Scottish Craft Butchers pastry awards for his chicken and mealie pies.
Douglas Scott, chief executive of Scottish Craft Butchers, said: “2019 is The Year of the Haggis and we wanted to encourage butchers to offer their customers delicious alternatives for their Burns Supper feast and for the remainder of the year.
“Our Diamond winner looked amazing when we saw it presented in cake cases and it lived up to expectations when we tasted it – simply delicious.”