Team GB prepares for Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge

Leeds City College hosted Team GB’s butchery squad penultimate practice round, as it prepares for September’s annual Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge. 

The competition will see teams of six from Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head in a timed competition to see which nation has the finest butchery skills. This year’s competition will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from September 5 to 10.

Teams will be marked on skills, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish, presentation and display. Within the limited time available, the team will have to present an innovative table display consisting of products made out of a side of beef, a side of pork and a whole lamb.

“The Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge is a platform for highlighting the valuable role butchers play for modern consumers, as well as encouraging the international exchange of best practice,” said a spokesperson for AHDB Beef and Lamb, one of Team GB’s main sponsors.

“We are seeing a resurgence of shoppers returning to their local butchers to ensure they get a consistently high quality product. Supporting and nurturing the talents of our butchers remains one of AHDB Beef and Lamb’s top priorities and the Tri-Nations is a great way to achieve this. We wish the team all the best in Auckland.”

Apart from team captain, David Lishman, Team GB comprises of a new line-up. Team manager Danny Upson said that having a fresh team will be a welcome change and will work to GB’s advantage: “What they’ve already brought that’s different is their passion and their commitment. They’ve got that drive, they’re hungry to win. The most important thing, they’ve pulled together as a team.”

With only one practice session left, the team is confident of its abilities despite the high level of skill from its rivals. Upson said: “It’s not going to be easy, but we’ve got no fear. We’re going to rise up to the challenge.”

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