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Northern Ireland meat mogul joins list of top 50 'food power' heroes

By John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland meat mogul Peter Hannan has joined top chefs such as Fergus Henderson and Tom Kerridge on a list of the UK's top 50 'food power' heroes.

He runs Hannan Meats, based in Moira, Co Down, and specialises in Glenarm Shorthorn beef, which is aged in a salt chamber.

Now, the Telegraph Food Power List 2017 rates him alongside Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson as being one of the UK's "tastemakers changing the way we eat and drink".

Top cuts of his ribeye beef are sold at some of the UK's top restaurants, including Mark Hix's restaurants.

The paper describes him as "the Northern Irish meat guru who supplies Mark Hix and Fortnum & Mason, along with some of the top restaurants in the UK and Ireland." The Telegraph added: "The first person in the UK to use the salt-ageing method."

His business has picked up numerous awards over the years.

In September, he said he accepted the UK food industry's top gong for the second time on behalf of the Northern Ireland farmers who supply him with his top-end beef.

And after being named the Supreme Champion in the final of the Great Taste Awards, he added that while he was growing his Co Down business, it will never be a "mass market product".

It is the second time that he has picked up the award, after winning in 2012.

Hannan Meats sells a range of its Himalayan salt-aged beef across the globe. That includes Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

Mr Hannan, who is originally from Co Kildare, won the award for a Glenarm Shorthorn rib of beef and said the timing was important as 2016 was Tourism NI's Year of Food and Drink.

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