Salami maker Leeroy Walsh credits ‘‘hard work and passion’’ for the win at the recent Kyabram Salami Muster.
Mr Walsh was one of the winning team of four including Phil Weeks, Neil Tinning and James Weeks who entered the most successful dried meat in the annual competition.
But he wasn’t disclosing any secrets of the recipe.
Mr Walsh, by day an Echuca bricklayer, said he was just the apprentice in the group and volunteered to accept the first prize on behalf of the team of four friends.
The Kyabram event attracted 26 entries which were judged by Kyabram chaplain Liz Spicer, State Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh and Campaspe Shire councillor John Zobec.
The winning group got together in a shed under the tutelage of Phil Weeks several months ago to formulate the salami.
Mr Walsh said he enjoys his salami with biscuits, cheese and tomato, and also as a pizza topping. They hope to enter at other regional salami competitions and will be back next year to defend their title.