Wales seeks young butchery star

Three-times champion of the Welsh Young Butcher Competition will be returning for a possible fourth win next month.

Former 20-year-old champion Tomos Hopkins will attempt to win the competition for the fourth time this year, as he battles against Tomi Jones, Mathew Edwards and Peter Rushford.

Unbeaten in the competition, the young butcher from Gwyrhyd Mountain Meat, Rhiwfawr, near Swansea, was on the judging panel last year when Tomi Jones, 23, of Jones’ Butchers in Llangollen won the title.

Tomi and Mathew ran a close race last year, and this year Mathew became the overall runner-up in the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders’ Premier Young Butcher competition, where he received a category win and three runners-up places.

Judged by Steve Williams and Colin Harris from Castell Howell and Steve Morgans from Morgans Butchers, the finalists will be asked to butcher a brisket of Welsh Beef, a shoulder of Welsh Lamb, half a saddle of Welsh Pork and a whole chicken into cuts of their choice.

Cambrian Training Company’s managing director Arwyn Watkins said: “Every year, young butchers manage to raise the bar with their high-level skills, which helps to promote butchery as an exciting and rewarding career. Our ultimate aim is to develop world-class skills in Wales, so that our young butchers can compete with the best at international level.”

The winner will receive a trophy and £200, with the runners-up receiving £100 and £50 respectively.


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