Worshipful Company of Butchers partners with Team GB

Team GB has announced a major sponsorship deal with The Worshipful Company of Butchers for the World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) 2018. 

It is the second time The Worshipful Company of Butchers has provided official backing to Team GB, known as the British Beefeaters, in what is set to be the biggest global butchery competition yet. 

The competition will see some of the finest butchers from Great Britain, France (current champions), Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, South Africa, Greece and Spain competing for the world championship title. 

Geoff Gillo, Master of The Worshipful Company of Butchers, said: “We are very proud to partner Team GB on their journey to the World Butchers’ Challenge. 

“Our vision is to inspire and encourage our industry to learn and grow.  And raising the standards of our craft by achieving meaningful recognition is at the heart of everything we do.  We look forward to being part of Team GB’s success.”

Team GB is also sponsored by retail butchery specialist Dalziel, Lucas Ingredients and The Institute of Meat.

Dalziel’s Danny Upson, who is chair of the WBC UK Council Committee, added: “It is a great honour to announce our partnership with The Worshipful Company of Butchers.  Having them on board has given Team GB an extra boost of confidence and the determination to win the WBC 2018.”

This year’s competition will be hosted by Butchery Excellence Ireland, and takes place at IFEX 2018 on 21 March 2018 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast.

Team GB representatives include Michael Dufton of Knitsley Farm Shop; Mark Ramsay of Falleninch Farm Butchers, Stirling; Simon Taylor of Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshott; Bryce Lawson of McMurchie Meats, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham; Jessica Leliuga of Ye OIde Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs; and team captain Tom Wood of Tom Wood Artisan Butchers, Blackburn.  Reserves are Mick Foley of Mainstream Foods, Stonebroom, Derbyshire and Peter Harrison of Dalziel.

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