British Beefeaters arrive in Australia ahead of World Butchers’ Challenge

The six butchers representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge touched down in Australia over the weekend, ahead of the competition. 

The challenge, which will see Great Britain going head to head against teams from Australia, New Zealand and, for the first time, France, in a competition to test their butchery skills, will take place in Queensland on Saturday, 10 September.

The British Beefeaters team is made up of: Maurice Stephenson; Tom Wood; Gary Raeburn; Michael Dufton; Gary Simpson; and Damon Buckingham.

“They are extremely talented butchers who are at the top of their game,” said Keith Fisher, chief executive of the Institute of Meat and advisor to the team.

“They are already the ‘best of the best’ in Britain and they have every chance of proving that on a worldwide stage too. On behalf of the Institute of Meat I’d like to wish them every success.”

The Institute has supported the team throughout their applications for the competition, many of which are members of the Institute of Meat. Team captain, Stephenson, is both a graduate member and IoM accredited Master Butcher. Team manager Danny Upson is a graduate, while vice-captain Wood and Buckingham both have member status.

“Their [IoM] knowledge and experience has been a real bonus to the team,” commented Upson. “Like the Institute of Meat, we as a team want our efforts to inspire young butchers throughout Britain to progress to the highest levels of their profession. Now that butchery has its own approved Trailblazer Apprenticeship, I think the way is open for them to do just that.”

Leeds City College student Hannah Blakey is also joining the team, taking part in the Young Apprentice Butchery Competition.

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