UK’s Premier Young Butcher sought

Some of the UK’s best young butchers will be heading to Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday, 25 March) for a gruelling contest to establish who is the UK’s Premier Young Butcher.

The Premier Young Butcher Competition takes place at Foodex at the NEC in Birmingham and will see five leading young lights of the trade compete for not just the top title, but a range of prizes, including trophies for display, ready to eat, stuffed roast, seam butchery, barbecue and kitchen-ready products.

The butchers taking part include Essington Farm Shop’s Joshua Brown from Wolverhampton. Having already completed Level 2 qualifications in food manufacture, Josh, at 22 years of age, was 2012’s Best Meat Apprentice and a finalist in MTJ’s Young Butcher of the Year competition 2013.

George Parker is the 19-year-old grandson of Midlands butcher Frank Parker. George has worked at the family shop in Nuneaton since he was 13 and began his apprenticeship when he joined full-time on leaving school three years ago.

John Rendell works for Owen Taylor in Derbyshire and came into the trade three years ago, having tried his hand at other jobs including a brief spell training for the marines. At 23, John has a Level 3 Supervising Food Safety qualification and is currently studying for his Level 2 NVQ in Butchery.

Walter Smith’s Chris Riley works at Woodlands Farm Shop in Leicestershire. He has an Advanced Level in meat and poultry, as well as a Level 2 with merit in health and hygiene. Chris has been in the trade for nearly six years and, at 21, is one of the company’s rising stars.

Peter Rushforth, 18, works for Clive Swan in Flintshire and has a Level 2 meat and poultry apprenticeship with Cambrian Training. He competed and finished third in the 2013 Welsh Young Butcher Competition last November.

The Premier Young Butcher Competition is organised by the National Federation of Meat  & Food Traders and is being hosted by Meat Trades Journal publisher William Reed Business Media. It is sponsored and supported by Bpex, Cambrian Training, Eblex, the Institute of Meat (IoM),  the Meat Training Council (MTC), RAPS UK, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB).

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