Young finalists chosen in Butcher’s Shop awards

Four young butchers have been selected to go head-to-head for the prestigious title of Young Butcher of the Year in the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.

The four finalists – George Taylor of Country Harvest, Ryan Healey of Riley’s Butchers, Tara Davies of Gog Magog Hills and Lisa Finnigan of Davidson’s Butchers – were whittled from a field of extremely strong entries into this year’s awards, which take place at the Rosewood London Hotel on 14 November.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal, which organises the awards, said: “The high numbers and the even higher standard of entries into the young butcher category for this year’s awards was outstanding.

“Judges were faced with an extremely difficult task in picking out the finalists, and decided to increase the number to four to reflect this. It’s a great honour to judge the entries in this category, and the excellent response suggests the trade has a good strong future in the hands of the youngsters who entered.”

The competition covers butcher’s shops up and down the country, with the winner in each region going head-to-head to pick out the best shop in the UK. On top of this, there are also national awards for Farm Shop of the Year, Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year, Butcher’s Plus, looking at larger operations, alongside the ever-popular Young Butcher of the Year.

This year also saw the continuation of last year’s new category, New Business of the Year, aimed at recognising a newly established butchery business, set up within the past two years.

The awards are made possible with the generous support of sponsors, which include Eblex, Bpex, Weddel Swift and Harmony Farm, Lucas Ingredients, Verstegen Spices & Sauces and Tican Chilled. A drinks reception is supported by Middleton Foods.

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