REIGNING national and WA beef sausage king Milan Matutinovich, the owner of The Corner Butcher in Morley, is priming for back-to-back national trophies in February .
Mr Matutinovich started working at The Corner Butcher in 1997 before buying into the business in 2003.
The 32-year-old business won the Best WA Beef Sausage 2017 Award for the second-straight year at the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) WA awards in October, following a Best Traditional Beef Sausage in Australia award at the national industry awards last February.
It also won WA’s Best Beef Burger 2017 Award.
Mr Matutinovich said he was aiming to win the national award for their barbecue sausage at the AMIC 2018 awards held in Yarra Valley, Melbourne.
“We did it with a different mix; it is more of a nice, smooth and softer texture,” he said.
“We usually get angus beef from a couple of different farmers but mainly from Gingin; a major supplier that we have been dealing with for many years.
“In 2013, we got second and that was the first time we actually made it nationally and then last year we won it.”
Mr Matutinovich said the secrets to success were consistency and evolving products.
“It is just the consistency of product, the way we mix and mince it and certain ingredients we put in,” he said.
“A lot of it comes down to passion – you got to enjoy what you are doing.
“My kids are a big part of it.”
He said his team was working on a gluten free barbecue range, in light of an increased number of gluten-intolerant customers.