Team GB announced for World Butchers’ Challenge 2020
The six butchers who will represent Great Britain at the World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) 2020 being held in Sacramento, California, USA, have been named.
In an announcement at Dalziel’s North West Butchers’ Show in Chorley recently, it was revealed that all six representatives of Team GB who competed in 2018 will return to take part in the 2020 competition.
Team GB, called the British Beefeaters, has been named as: Tom Wood (captain), Tom Wood Artisan Butchers; Michael Dufton, Knitsley Farm Shop; Mark Ramsay, Falleninch Farm Butchers, Stirling; Simon Taylor, Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshot; Bryce Lawson, McMurchie Meats, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham and Jessica Leliuga, Ye OIde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs.
With 15 teams expected to compete for the world championship title, WBC 2020 is reportedly set to be the ‘biggest global butchery challenge in its history’.
The world championship title was won by Ireland last April in Belfast.
It was also announced that Team GB’s support network for 2020 is expanding, with a new team manager, Steve Derrick of Lucas Ingredients, and master butcher, Viv Harvey, as new team coach.
Derrick takes over from Dalziel’s Danny Upson who will be chairman, whilst Keith Fisher returns as the UK judge advising the team.
Upson said: “We were very pleased to announce at Dalziel’s Show that the team is staying together.
“They make an incredibly talented team who are all successful butchers in their own right.”
WBC 2018 saw Great Britain take the coveted Best Beef Product title for its ‘British Beef Cake’, a split marrow shin designed for slow cooking in a casserole.
Of the 12 countries taking part, Team Ireland was crowned ‘Best Butchers in the World’, with New Zealand and Australia taking silver and bronze medals respectively.
Other competing countries included France, USA, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, South Africa, Greece and Spain.
Meanwhile, Team GB is calling for entrants into the World Champion Butcher Apprentice & Young Butcher contests, which take place prior to the main event.
Heats for this are expected to start in May 2019 with entrants working alongside Team GB in practice.
Team GB sponsors already signed up for 2020 are retail butchery specialist Dalziel, Lucas Ingredients, The Institute of Meat and The Worshipful Company of Butchers.
For more information, visit www.worldbutcherschallenge.com