International Young Butcher Competition

International Young Butcher Competition

Andrew Brassington of Ludlow Food Centre and Kyle Mottram of Keelham Farm Shop have been successful in matching the performance of the UK’s 2012 team by finishing in fifth place, ahead of France at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition.

Kyle Mottram (left) and Andrew Brassington.

Kyle Mottram (left) and Andrew Brassington.

The two 22 year olds competed in six categories against other 18 to 23 year olds from Austria, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland in Frankfurt, Germany last weekend. Andrew also matched Luke Haigh’s 2012 success as a third place category winner with his ‘Festive Fruity Bacon Roast.’

Other similarities to 2012 included the Dutch walking away with the team prize for a third successive year when Jeroen Kroon of Holland was crowned International Young Butcher 2013 with team mate Tommy Kuijten taking third place after Swiss competitor Lukas Wattinger was declared runner up.

Travelling with the team which has been supported by BPEX, EBLEX, Leeds City College, Meat Training Council, RAPS, Worshipful Company of Butchers and Weddel Swift was third team member Ryan Healy, Team Trainer Viv Harvey and BPEX product manager Keith Fisher who represented the UK on the international Jury of judges.

Federation chief executive Roger Kelsey said at the presentations: “This has been the strongest all round UK performance in the competition to date. With the absence of Luxembourg and Greece it was always going to be difficult. There has been improved performance from Austria and it was always expected that host nation Germany, and Switzerland who will host the competition next year would want to do well.”

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