Hannah Blakely to compete Down Under – again

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Blakey is preparing to jetset to Australia, where she will compete in the Lifeline Young Butcher competition. 

The Leeds City College student has already competed in three competitions in the past 12 months, including competing in the WorldSkills final and representing Great Britain in the World Butchers’ Challenge, which also took her to Australia.

As part of the Lifeline Young Butcher competition, Blakey will compete against contestants from around the world in a three-hour challenge that will see them make as many value-added products as possible using a full loin of pork, whole topside and a full leg of lamb. Contestants will also be required to display, garnish and label their products, while selecting one to cook and present as a restaurant-style meal.

“This is a great accolade for Leeds City College and a fantastic opportunity for Hannah to impress the judges with her growing talent,” commented James Richardson, butchery tutor at Leeds City College.

“I’m proud of her tenacity and commitment to develop and push herself further. Her work is continually getting better, which is a testament to her dedication and passion for butchery.”

During her visit in Australia, Blakey, alongside the other young butchers, will get the opportunity to visit top butchers in the area and discuss tips and advice with the owners.

“I’m excited to compete in Australia again and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” explained Blakey. “None of this would have been possible without the continued support from my tutors and their encouragement.

“I definitely made the right choice coming to Leeds City College. I wouldn’t have been given all these fantastic opportunities elsewhere.”

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