Top 5 to MEATUP

Top 5 to MEATUP

Five of the best 18 to 23 year old butchers from across the UK will meet up to show their talent and pit their skills against each other in what is being talked about as the most exciting skills competition in years.

The Premier Young Butcher Competition organised by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) is being held at the MEATUP exhibition next month on the 2nd July at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Competing will be MTC award winner Benjamin Peel from Taylors Farm Shop in Lathom near Ormskirk. Joining him will be Matthew Edwards from Vaughan’s Butchers in Penyffordd, Chester who competed at the 2012 Welsh Winter Fair and Neil Anderson, a 2011 and 2013 Scottish Meat Trades Skills finalist working for House of Bruer, Perth. Also making an appearance will be Geoff Riley’s Ryan Healy from Rossendale who trained with the UK team for the International Young Butcher Competition earlier this year. And finally Welsh Young Butcher 2012 Tomi Jones, a qualified slaughter man at 18 who at 22 now runs the family shop in Llangollen.

The five will compete in Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Bar BQ and Kitchen Ready categories judged by industry experts Danny Upson from Dalziel, BPEX Product Manager and CEO of the Institute of Meat Keith Fisher and RAPS representative and national team coach Viv Harvey.

The competition is sponsored by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), Institute of Meat (IOM), Meat Training Council (MTC), RAPS and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and will be judged for craft skill and innovation as well as for presentation and good working practices. Trophies for runner up and Premier Young Butcher 2013 will be awarded as well as for Highly Commended and category winners on the day.

Endorsing the competition, Federation President John Mettrick said at his inauguration in Manchester recently: “To me there is nothing more important than the future of our craft and our trade – and the more we can put into the development of skills with young people – so much the better it is for us all.”

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