Champion success for Dalziel’s Chorley Butchers Show

Champion success for Dalziel’s Chorley Butchers Show

Retail butchery specialist Dalziel has crowned Jessica Leliuga of Ye Olde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle as ‘the most creative young butcher in the North West’ at Dalziel’s Chorley Butchers Show.

dalziel.chorleybutchersshowOver 300 visitors from the retail butchery and catering trade travelled to Dalziel’s trade show held at its Chorley depot in Lancashire with special guest Paralympic GB cyclist and London 2012 silver medal winner Rik Waddon.

Featured at the show was The Young Butchers Creative Meat Display Competition, with some of the finest young butchers in the North West exhibiting their skills.


Competitors were tasked with completing a display in two hours, using a knuckle of beef, fore of pork, shoulder of lamb and two whole chickens, plus a pantry of Verstegen, MRC and Lucas products supplied by Dalziel.

Twenty-one year-old Jessica Leliuga of Ye Olde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn was chosen as the overall winner by judges Roger Kelsey, chief executive of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders and Danny Upson, head of retail butchery sales for Dalziel.

The judges said her display was ‘innovative, showed good use of primal cuts and was very well organised.’ Jessica won an engraved set of knives, £100 of vouchers and received a winners plaque and certificate.


Other finalists included runner-up 22 year-old Jordan Alston of Gregory Williams Butchers, Lancaster; 23 year-old Danny Woods from Woods Farm Shop, Preston and 18 year-old Jake Edwards, also of Gregory Williams Butchers.

Elsewhere, the show’s Mega Haggis Competition was won by Stuart Higginson of Higginson Butchers, Grange over Sands, Cumbria.

Dalziel’s regional director Peter Gregory said: “The show was extremely successful with visitors on the day travelling from as far afield as Donegal, Ireland. We’ve held many smaller events over the last 15 years, and we’d like to thank our trade partners for making this our best yet.”

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