Young New Zealand butcher champion learns from Britainís finest
New Zealandís Young Butcher of the Year has been learning from the best of British as part of a study tour. †
Timmy Watson, was crowned New Zealandís 2014 Alto Young Butcher of the Year.
As part of his prize, he was provided with a study tour to the UK, where he was able to work alongside prestigious butchers from the country. Watson was welcomed by the national Butchers Q Guild, who facilitated his stay.
ďWe were delighted to facilitate Timmyís learning experience in his short stay with our members,Ē said Q Guild manager Gordon Newlands. ďThis will enhance and foster the links that already exist between New Zealand and Q Guild Butchers.Ē
Watson, who has been a qualified butcher for the past eight years, received an array of experience from some of the countryís leading butchers. His visit began at Chadwickís Butchers in Balham, London, where, as well as getting the opportunity to hone his own sausage-making and lamb cutting skills, he showed off his own abilities to the locals.
Gary Chadwick, the shopís co-founder, said: ďTimmy also showed us a thing or two, including how to clean a lamb rack bone with a piece of string! He demonstrated a top-drawer attitude and we were very impressed with his talent. We could clearly see why he won the New Zealand Young Butcher title.Ē
Watson also spent time at Lidgateís Butchers in Holland Park and HG Walterís Butchers in Barons Court, both in London.
The young butcher was able to experience all angles of the British butchery industry; he even woke at 12.30am one morning to assist D Andrade and Son at Londonís famed Smithfield, the countryís largest wholesale meat market.
The companyís managing director Paul Andrade was excited to work with the up-and-coming butcher. ďWe had him doing a bit of everything, from unloading lorries to butchery tasks, such as boning out mutton legs. He was very confident and certainly knew what he was doing. He would be an asset to anyone and I am sure he will go from strength to strength.Ē
Watson has taken part in the Alto Young Butcher of the Year competition, run by Retail Meat New Zealand, several times. After placing first equal in his regional heat in 2014, he went on to win the grand final in Auckland.
Furthermore, he has also represented the South Island of New Zealand in the North v South Butchery Challenge. He has his sights set on one day opening his own store.
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