Young butcher crowned champion

A young butcher has been declared the Yorkshire champion in the 2014 Young Butchers Creative Meat Display Competition.

The event, which is was organised by butchery supplier Dalzeil, saw Joe Smith, from Lishman’s of Ilkley, steal the crown during a close fought competition in Glasshoughton, near Wakefield.

Joe, 21, said: “We were given two hours to work our magic on shoulders of lamb and pork, a knuckle of beef and a brace of chickens. We had to cut them up and make as many dishes as possible out of these products without having any waste.

“The judges were looking at our butchery and presentation skills and the imagination used to create the products. I produced 15 different dishes in total and was over the moon to be chosen as Yorkshire champion. Events like these are a great learning curve.”

Joe, who holds a NVQ Level 2 Meat & Poultry qualification and has completed his apprenticeship, has worked at Lishman’s for the past four years and has progressed quickly, with his efforts seeing him recently promoted to assistant shop manager.

Joe received a trophy, certificate, £100 worth of vouchers and butchery knives to the value of £200, presented by the British and Commonwealth featherweight boxing champion Josh Warrington, of Leeds.

Dalziel’s regional operations manager Mike O’Hara praised all the contestants. He said: “They demonstrated a high level of professionalism and excellent butchery skills. The overall displays were very impressive and inspirational.”

Lishman’s is renowned for producing top-notch young butchers. Earlier this year, the Leeds Road shop’s apprentice butcher Conor Chappell, 22, pi

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