Team GB pipped to victory at Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge

Team GB pipped to victory at Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge

Team GB were narrowly beaten by New Zealand at the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Following a five day study tour, three six-man teams from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain were tested on their butchery skills and their ability to create an innovative display using creative cuts.

In just three hours Team GB turned a side of beef, pork and a whole lamb into 50 value-added cuts to produce a display based around a typically English theme, the English tea party.

The GB Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge team

The GB Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge team.

David Lishman, team captain, said: “I am very proud to have captained Team GB in this latest Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge. We performed extremely well and I thought we had done enough to lift the trophy this year, but sadly we were pipped at the post.

“The study tour and the meeting with other like-minded butchers from the southern hemisphere was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge. I feel I have returned a wiser butcher, with many great and new products that I shall be trying out in our counters.”

Laura Ryan, head of strategic marketing at AHDB Beef and Lamb added: “We at AHDB Beef & Lamb are so proud of this year’s team.

“The excellent study tour the team took part in showed how important the competition is in sharing good practice and showcasing the profession to the next generation of butchers. I hope the contest has shown the younger generation what a highly skilled and diverse industry butchery really is.”

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