Tomos is top of the chops, again!
A young butcher and farmer’s son has capped off a memorable year by retaining the title of Welsh Young Butcher of the Year for the third year on the trot.
Tomos Hopkin, 18, from Gwyrhyd Mountain Meat, Rhiwfawr, near Swansea, retained the Welsh Young Butcher crown by giving three rivals the chop at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells this week.
The news follows on from further success for Tomos, who earlier this month, was named the Young Apprentice of the Year at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru in Cardiff.
The youngster also won the Grand Slam British Young Butcher of the Year title this summer, beating rivals from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In addition, he was chosen by his training provider, Cambrian Training Company, to demonstrate at an international butchery showcase at the WorldSkills event in London in October.
Tomos, who has recently launched his own business delivering home reared meat door to door, was elated following his hat-trick victory, which came with £200 prize money and a trophy.
“It was more difficult this year, because I didn’t know what cuts to expect in the final,” he said. “There was a mixture of traditional and modern cuts, including shoulder in a cushion and rack in a crown, which I hadn’t done before, but had seen other butchers do them.
“It has been a great year and winning this competition for the third time is going to be good for my business.”
He beat runner up Llyr James, 17, of Morgans of Aberystwyth and fellow finalists Jason Watson, 20, of J Williams and Son, Llandrindod Wells and Tomi Jones, 21, of Jones’ Butchers, Llangollen.
Now in its sixth year, the competition is organised by Cambrian Training Company with sponsorship from Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales.