Scottish Craft Butcher training awards’ winners unveiled

Five trainee butchers from across Scotland have been recognised for their skills in the Scottish Craft Butcher Training Awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Scotch Butchers Club, are run by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and are in their second year.

Tom Grierson of Grierson Bros, Castle Douglas won Training Mentor of the Year, an award for the individual who has encouraged a trainee in their development within their workplace.

Kevin McMillan of A Donald Butchers Ltd, Uddingston took home Training Partner of the Year, an award for the employer or business, which has successfully engaged with Scottish Meat Training and the assessors, to maximise the potential of their trainees.

Ryan Briggs of AJ Learmonth, Jedburgh was the recipient of Level 3 Modern Apprentice of the Year an award for those excelling in their training. Ryan recently won a Meat Skills Competition for under 22s and will go on to compete as part of Team GB in the World Butchery Challenge 2018.

James Winters of Kilsyth won Level 2 Modern Apprentice of the Year. He excelled in primal cutting, boning, seam cutting and trimming. He started his apprenticeship in The Cross Butcher, Kilsyth, a member of the Scotch Butchers’ Club. James was also a finalist for the Extra Mile Award.

Joseph Patterson of Buckhaven scooped the Extra Mile Award, which recognises those who have gone the extra mile in their own progression, new product development, customer service or in any way that has had a positive effect on the business they work in.

Patterson, who works in W F Stark Butchers, a member of the Scotch Butchers’ Club, was nominated by his customers for his outstanding customer service. He often helps elderly members of his community who are struggling to get to the shop by dropping off orders at their homes. He was also a finalist for Level 3 Modern Apprentice of the Year award.

Graeme Sharp, marketing executive at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish Craft Butchers Training Awards this year and our congratulations go to all the winners and finalists recognised this year.

“Promoting and encouraging young butchers to develop and showcase their fantastic skills and ideas is key to the future of the industry and it’s great to see the passion and drive every one of these butchers has for their craft.”

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