TV presenter and former England International rugby player Martin Bayfield has been announced as the host of the highly anticipated 2024 Meat Management Industry Awards, which will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 19th September.

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TV presenter and former England International rugby player Martin Bayfield will host the 2024 Meat Management Industry Awards.

The Meat Management Industry Awards is the biggest annual awards programme in the sector's calendar, often attracting up to 1,000 products from manufacturers, processors, foodservice and retailers, from right across the industry.

Once again, the awards programme will culminate in a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony, which takes place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 19th September.

Product nominations and voting for the 2024 awards programme are now open. From Britain's Best Meat Pie to Manufacturer of the Year, readers of Meat Management magazine and online can nominate products and industry colleagues across a range of award categories.

More information about this year's awards and how to enter can be found here.

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Martin Bayfield began his career by serving with the Metropolitan Police between 1985 and 1989, before transferring to Bedfordshire Police where he juggled playing rugby and serving in the forces. In 1990, he made the transition into playing rugby full time.

At 6'10" Martin was one of the tallest rugby players of his generation, which he used to his full advantage as one of England's forwards. Throughout his international career he won 31 England caps and two Five/Six Grand Slams from 1991 to 1996 and was selected to represent the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand in 1993.

Following his departure from professional rugby in 1998, he presented BBC1's 'Crimewatch', the 'NFL', 'World's Strongest Man' and appeared as BBC Radio 5 Live's rugby correspondent. Currently, Martin is a pitch-side reporter across all major tournament fixtures for both the 'Rugby World Cup' and 'RBS/Guinness Six Nations'.

Martin served as the body and stunt double of half-giant Rubeus Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane, in the Harry Potter franchise. He also appeared on BBC One's 'Celebrity MasterChef 2018', reaching the finals after continuously impressing John Torode and Gregg Wallace with his imaginative dishes and culinary knowledge.

Outside of presenting and starring in films and TV shows, Martin is actively involved with charities. He is the Honorary President of the Wooden Spoon Society, a rugby charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people, and is also the Vice President of London Playing Fields Foundation.

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Meat Management publisher Graham Yandell said: "It is fantastic that Martin Bayfield will be joining us on 19th September. Having worked with him before, I know Martin is one of the best speakers in the business today, and I am sure guests will enjoy his many sport and film anecdotes.

"The Meat Management Industry Awards is the biggest annual meat industry event in the UK, and with the addition of Martin Bayfield this year's event is sure to be one of the best yet!"

The 2024 Meat Management Industry Awards will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 19th September. For more information, visit the Awards website here.

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