Leeds butcher takes on new role

A Leeds-based butcher and pork pie specialist has been appointed as the new president of the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils.

Andrew Green, of Wilsons Butchers in Crossgates, takes over the role from outgoing president, Ilkley-based butcher David Lishman.

Andrew and his brother John opened their first shop in Austhorpe Road, Leeds, in 1985 and have since gone on to open further outlets across the city, specialising in award-winning pork pie production. The business is renowned for producing and selling over 10,000 pork pies a week and has won numerous awards.

One of Andrew’s key roles during his year in office is to host the confederation president’s annual dinner dance on the eve of the 24rd annual Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition, at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, which this year takes place on Sunday, 4 November.

Andrew said: “The Great Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest and best-known regional contest for meat men and women, attracting hundreds of entries from all over the county. All winners – supreme and reserve champions in particular – receive a major boost to both their profiles and sales.”

Farm shops and bakers who make products on their own premises are also eligible to enter. There are three pork pie classes for traditional, stand and speciality cold eating pies, and three sausage classes – thin, thick and speciality, plus standalone championship classes for black puddings and beef burgers.
A ‘New Kid on the Block’ class for the best newcomer to the competition is designed to encourage new blood to enter and gain valuable experience in the meat trades competition arena. Full details are at www.greatyorkscomp.co.uk.

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