Young Welsh butchers to represent Great Britain

Two young Welsh butchers, both learners at the Cambrian Training Company (CTC), have been selected to represent Great Britain at the International Young Butcher Competition.

Matthew Edwards, 22, who works for S A Vaughan Family Butchers, Penyffordd, near Chester, has already begun his training for this year’s competition. Peter Rushforth, 18, from Swans Farm Shop, Treuddyn, Mold, will follow in his footsteps by joining the Great Britain team next year.

The pair, as well both learning at CTC in Welshpool, started their careers in Saturday jobs with Clive Swan at Swans Farm Shop in Mold.

Edwards is the reigning Welsh Young Butcher champion and gained his place in the team after finishing runner-up in the 2013 National Federation of Meat and Food Traders’ Premier Young Butcher competition at the NEC, Birmingham. Rushforth this year finished second in the same contest, qualifying him for Britain’s team in next year’s international competition.

Edwards, who will represent Britain with teammate Ryan Healey, from Lancashire, said: “It’s quite overwhelming to be selected for the team from all the young butchers in Great Britain.

“Since starting with Cambrian Training Company I have gone from runner-up to winning the Welsh Young Butcher competition and came runner-up in the Premier Young Butcher contest, which shows the progress that I’ve made. I’m grateful to the company for giving me the opportunity to compete.”  

Chris Jones, CTC’s head of curriculum for food manufacture, said it was fantastic that two of the company’s learners had been selected to represent Great Britain in consecutive years.
He added: “To achieve this level of success, learners must have natural talent and flair coupled with support from their employer to allow them time to practise. It’s a fantastic achievement by both young butchers.”

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