June 10th, 2014
Ambitious butchers make the cut
The Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year is well underway with the Lower North Island Regional held yesterday in Palmerston North.
The Alto Young Butcher winner Alex Harper of The Village Butcher in Frimley, Hastings and Competenz Butcher Apprentice winner Amy Jones of New World Taumarunui have successfully secured their place to challenge some of the finest butchery talent in the country at the Grand Final in September.
Alex and Amy’s motivations are high with a study tour around Europe up for grabs if they are successful in the next stage of the competition.
Head Judge from Competenz, Matt Grimes, says this year’s level of skill has surpassed previous years.
“Butchery requires strength and precision and this year’s entrants are very much bringing that to the table,” says Grimes.
During the regional each entrant completes a written exam, an interview and a practical cutting test.
Winners from the five regionals will then go onto contend in a full day of intense competition at the Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year Grand Final on Friday 12 September at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.
The competition is supported by Alto, Competenz, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Cabernet Foods, Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, New Zealand Pork, Wilson Hellaby, Natural Farm, Tegel.