Butcher and poultry supplier team up to deliver food education initiative

Award-winning poultry specialist T Soanes & Son has joined forces with The Butcher’s Block in York to give students lessons on preparing chicken and food safety. 

The Yorkshire Wolds-based business, which won Meat Trades Journal’s Environmental Initiative of the Year at the Meat & Poultry Processing Awards 2017, donated whole chicken carcases to The Butcher’s Block to allow the business to demonstrate how to prepare a chicken for GCSE Food Technology pupils at Manor Church of England Academy.

As part of the course, students must show they can joint a whole chicken into pieces. To help them achieve this, The Butcher’s Block owner Matthew Cross, joined by his wife Jessica, attended the Food Technology class to show how to joint the chicken, followed by a food safety talk.

This is the second time that T Soanes & Son and The Butcher’s Block have collaborated to deliver educational initiatives.

“Today it’s important that young kitchen professionals and chefs are able to handle and work with fresh poultry because it is crucial for their skill set and those they are feeding,” said Tom Kingston, sales manager at T Soanes & Son.

“We were pleased to provide our Yorkshire-reared grain-fed chicken for them to experience jointing a bird and appreciate tasting it afterwards when they made it into a casserole.”

The Butcher’s Block prides itself on offering local, high-quality meat and sources its in-store whole birds and fillets from T Soanes & Son.

“Students at the school are lucky to benefit from amazing catering facilites in the food technology department with a huge restaurant-style kitchen, and I know that, for the pupils, it was a real treat to work with an entire chicken,” commented Jessica Cross.

“It was nice to be able to answer any questions the pupils had and see their enthusiasm for butchery and poultry.”

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