Triumphant butcher is a cut above the rest

A Lancashire butcher has won the Eblex farm shop beef butchery competition – for the third year in a row.

Steve Perrins, of Taylor’s Farm Shop, Lathom beat eight rival butchers to secure the title, after each had spent an hour preparing meat and displaying produce in front of judges and visitors to the event.

The three-judge panel assessed the competitors, four of whom took part in last year’s contest on butchery skills, consumer appeal and the product range they produced.

“The secret of my success is that I seam all the muscles, and dissect them into individual muscles,” said Perrins. “In the farm shop kitchen, we then cook with them and come up with and test different dishes. Then we provide cooking instructions with each cut.”

Michael Richardson, Eblex direct selling programme manager, said: “Steve’s butchery skills are very, very good, and he really thinks about the overall appeal to the consumer and what they want to eat when he’s making his cuts. But the gap between himself and the others is narrowing, which is encouraging to see.”

Perrins doesn’t plan to enter next year’s competition, but he hopes to enter two trainees, his son and the farm shop owner’s son, to take his place.

The competition formed part of BeefExpo, which took place at Malvern’s Three Counties Showground.


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