IT might not have the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood ceremony but, for one Spanish farmer, claiming the top prize at an international cured meats awards was ‘better than winning an Oscar’.

PIGGING OUT: Huelva farmer's jamon award
PIGGING OUT: Huelva farmer’s jamon award

Spanish pig farmer Eduardo Donato from Huelva won the annual Biofach award for his pricey product.

Costing €4,100 a leg, Donato’s ham is officially the most expensive in the world, and made from the rare Manchado de Jabugo pig,.

Donato, who started farming the breed 25 years ago, is credited with saving the species from the brink of extinction.