Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge a resounding success
Some of the best butchers that Britain, Australia and New Zealand have to offer went head-tohead in the 2014 Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, organised by EBLEX and the national Butchers Q Guild and staged at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
It was the Kiwi team –The Pure South Sharp Blacks – who again emerged victorious, retaining the coveted title they won on home soil last year.
Team GB – the British Beefeaters – didn’t go down without putting up a strong fight in what was only their second appearance in the Tri-Nations and the first time it has been hosted in the UK.
The home team comprised six of Britain’s most talented butchers, all members of the Q Guild – captain David Lishman, of Lishman’s Butchers in Ilkley, Robert Jones and Nigel Rose, of Birmingham-based Walter Smith Fine Foods, Richard Carter, of Chase Farm Shop in Sutton Coldfield, Martin Crombie, of Aubrey Allen Butchers, Leamington Spa, and Surrey’s James Lally, of James of Shepperton.
Teams were each given a beef side and a full lamb carcase as the base ingredients and also had to prepare their own seasonings, spices, marinades and garnish to finish products that are designed for a modern retail outlet.
Three independent judges, one from each country, judged and scored the teams on butchery skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish, presentation and/or display.
The teams then had to hotfoot it down to London for the winners to be announced at the Supermeat & Fish Awards at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane the same evening.
Q Guild national chairman Brindon Addy, of J Brindon Addy Butchers in Hade Edge, Holmfirth, acted as MC at the Tri-Nations competition. He said: “We were certainly flying the Great British
flag and could not have shown the British meat industry in a better light. It was a true showcase and one that should, vitally, help give the young of our industry something to strive and work for.”
The contest was the culmination of a week-long study tour by the Australian and New Zealand teams, during which they gained a valuable insight into the UK butchery sector through farm visits, summit meetings with industry groups, retail visits and sharing of best practices with butchery colleagues.
George Payne Butchers is a founder member of the Q Guild. General manager Sandy Boyd commented afterwards: “Our boys put