Healy takes Young Butcher title

Ryan Healy took the top prize in the prestigious Premier Young Butcher competition, organised by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) on 2 July.

By winning three out of five categories – including stuffed roast, ready to eat and seam butchery – Healy was named Premier Young Butcher of the Year.

The young contestants were battling it out for four-and-a-half hours, demonstrating skills in the trade. They were judged on craft skill, innovation and professional working practices.

Healy has previously trained with the UK team that competed at the International Young Butcher Competition earlier this year, and now works for Federation and Q Guild member and Regional Shop of the Year 2012 winner Geoff Riley.

The other categories in the competition were barbecue and kitchen ready, which were won by Matthew Edwards and Tomi Jones respectively.

Edwards, who recently joined Steve Vaughan in Penyfford, was also runner-up for the overall winning prize and was highly commended in the stuffed roast, ready to eat and seam butchery categories.

Jones of Jones Butchers Llangollen in Wales was Welsh Young Butcher of the Year in 2012 and has more than 40 gold awards from competitions around the UK.

NFMFT president and butcher John Mettrick said: “It’s great to see such skill and application among young people in the trade here today, which can only give those of us involved in the craft butchery industry every faith and great optimism for the future.

“This is undoubtedly the toughest meat skills competition in the UK at present and all the candidates have done really well.”

Judges included Danny Upson of Dalziel, Bpex product manager Keith Fisher and national team coach and artisan butcher Viv Harvey.

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