Premier Young Butcher prize awarded

Lucy Crawshaw of Taylorís Farm Shop in Lathom, Lancashire has become Britainís Best Young Butcher, winning the title of Premier Young Butcher 2015.†

She beat six other butcher apprentices at the finals of the Premier Young Butcher Competition (PYBC) organised by the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT).

The five-hour, six-category competition saw seven of the countryís top apprentices demonstrate their skills in seam butchery and creating a display for Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Barbecue and Kitchen Ready products.

The competitors were assessed for their craft skill, innovation and working practices by industry experts Danny Upson of Dalziel, AHDB Pork product manager, CEO of the Institute of Meat and international butchery judge Keith Fisher and national team coach, industry consultant and RAPS (UK) representative Viv Harvey.

Twenty-three-year-old Lucy, a level three Meat Ipswich apprentice who has 13 A* to B grade GCSEs, 4 AS levels and a triple distinction in Countryside Land Management, won four of the six categories for her Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam butchery and Barbecue products as well as being highly commended for Display.

NFMFT president Jim Sperring said: ďItís great to see young apprentices with the sort of skills demonstrated [in this competition]. Full marks to them all, theyíre a credit to the trade, Iím sure they all have great futures ahead of them.Ē

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