Hunt for talent

The best young butchers in Wales will have a chance to demonstrate their skills at this year's Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells in November.

Young butchers are being encouraged to enter the fair's second Creative Skills Welsh Young Butcher competition, which is organised and sponsored by Cambrian Training Company, an award-winning training business.

The contest, which is open to young butchers working in Wales who were under the age of 23 on 1 January this year, will be held on 27 November at the fair.

The butchers will be set the task of presenting a range of oven-ready cuts of quality Welsh lamb for the retail market from an average 20kg carcass.

Four finalists will be selected from their completed application forms, which must be received by Cambrian Training Company by 30 October. The final will be held on 27 November. In their applications, butchers will be asked to highlight, in 250 words, some of the benefits of offering Welsh lamb to existing and new customers. Their entry should include proposed cuts, cooking methods, a recipe and photographs to demonstrate cuts.

The winner will receive £200 prize money and a trophy. The runner-up will collect £100, and the other two finalists will receive £50 and £25 respectively.

Application forms are available from Stephen Bound at Cambrian Training on tel: 01938 555893 or e-mail:

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