Young butchers ready for international contest

Two budding master butchers are “prepared and ready” to represent the UK in this year’s International Young Butcher Competition in Switzerland, taking place later in September.

Lancashire’s Ryan Healy of Riley’s Butchers near Burnley, and Matthew (Matty) Edwards of Vaughan Family Butchers, Penyffordd in Flintshire, Wales, will compete against other 18- to 23-year-olds from Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ryan and Matty came first and second respectively in the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders’ (NFMFT) 2013 Premier Young Butcher competition. The pair will compete in Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbecue, Kitchen Ready and Main Course categories in Bazenheid, near Zurich, on 12 and 13 September.

This year the young butchers have undergone a programme of intensive training under the direction of Viv Harvey of RAPS (UK), with facilities provided by Leeds City College. Support has been provided by the NFMFT and sponsors Bpex, Dalziel, Eblex, the Institute of Meat, the Meat Training Council, Weddel Swift and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.

Bpex butchery product manager and CEO of the Institute of Meat Keith Fisher, who will represent the UK on the international jury of judges, will travel with the team and Viv Harvey.

NFMFT president John Mettrick said: “This is the best resourced team to represent the UK in the competition to date and I am sure that every craft butcher throughout the country will be supporting Ryan and Matty in their attempt to improve on the performances of previous teams in earlier years.”

NFMFT said the competition, organised by the International Butchers Confederation (IBC) is recognised throughout the world as the most prestigious competition for 18- to 23-year-old butcher apprentices in Europe.

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