Entries urged for young butcher contest

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders is urging hopefuls to get applications in for its Premier Young Butcher competition as the competition is already hotting up.

The federation reported it has received applications from five of the finest young butchers, including Lucy Cranshaw of Taylors Farm Shop, George Clapham from Far Barsey Farm Shop, Joe Smith at Lishman’s of Ilkley, Matthew Lewis of Blacker Hall Farm Shop and finalist of Meat Trades Journal Young Butcher of the Year competition Tara Davies of Gog Magog Farm Shop.

Last year’s winner Chris Riley of Walter Smiths butcher’s shop in Birmingham went on to achieve international recognition representing England in a European competition.

“In the wake of the success from last year’s competition when Walter Smith’s Chris Riley became Premier Young Butcher 2014 appetites have been whetted, with applications coming in from girls as well as boys looking to take the Premier Young Butcher 2015 crown!” said the Federation said in a statement.

The competition is open to 18- to 23-year-olds and contestants are judged for products in six categories as well as for good working practices, innovation and skill. And with tight time constraints during the five plus hours of competition, the pressure is piled on at every stage.

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