Belfast to host World Butchers’ Challenge 2018

Belfast to host World Butchers’ Challenge 2018

Belfast has been announced as the host city for the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018 after a successful bid by Butchery Excellence Ireland.

Rhonda Montgomery and Credit: Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

Rhonda Montgomery and Sean Owens. Credit: Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

The competition will take place at IFEX 2018 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast in March 2018, with a total of ten teams expected to take part, including teams from Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

It will be the first time the competition has taken place in Ireland.

“Following a recent research trip to the World Butchers’ Challenge in Australia, I was confident that the Butchery Excellence Ireland could help to deliver the first ever World Butchers’ Challenge for Ireland and history is being made, with Belfast announced as the host venue for 2018,” CEO of the Butchery Excellence Scheme and bid coordinator, Rhonda Montgomery, commented.

Sean Owens, IFEX’s Salon Culinaire director, added: “We couldn’t be happier that we have secured this event for Belfast. This is an incredible opportunity for our Butchery Excellence Ireland members to demonstrate their skills and to shout about the quality of our produce on a world export stage.”

The World Butchery Challenge was created as a platform for butchers from across the world to compete and showcase the butchery skills and creative uses of the beef, lamb and pork products from their respective countries. The current World Champions are France.

Butchery Excellence Ireland, based in Aughnacloy County Tyrone, was developed to help butchers across the country keep on top of changes to legislation, food safety, food labelling, new product development, personal development, training and marketing.

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