Apprentice shows how to BBQ it

Liam Kirk, a 17-year-old apprenctice butcher, has won a national barbecue competition with two innovative and tasty products.



His Fruity Pork Wrap, a combination of pork, smoked bacon, apple and pineapple won Best Innovative Product and his Hawaiian Burger, which is made from bacon and pork, mozzarella cheese and pineapple, won Best Overall Product.


The National Barbecue Competition, sponsored by Lucas Ingredients, was designed to test butchery skills, food preparation safety knowledge and creativity in making new barbeque foods.


Liam, who is from Kirkoswald, Cumbria, began his apprenticeship training with Cranstons in September 2005. He beat off national competition to win not only the two prizes, but also the supreme title of Overall Winner.


Liam was awarded the prize of a large set of professional butcher's knives in a presentation case, and a sharpening steel from Danny Upson, sales development manager at Lucas Ingredients, in a presentation at Cranstons Head Office in Penrith recently.


Roger Cranston, operations director at Cranstons, said: "It is fantastic that Liam has started his professional life by winning such a prestigious national award. We are strong supporters of the apprenticeship system, which offers an excellent skills training for life, and it is gratifying for a young Cranstons trainee to have been recognised in this way."

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