New Zealand’s young butchers have been competing for the 2012 Alto Young Butcher of the Year title.
After an intense day of Grand Final competition, Peter Tuapawa, from Victoria Park New World in Auckland, narrowly beat Abigail Smith, from Pak’nSave Kaitaia for the title.
Kim Doran, from Retail Meat New Zealand, says the race came down to two points.
“Peter and Abigail had tied the Auckland regional competition last month, so we always knew it was going to come down to the smallest of margins,” says Doran.
The finalists in the competition all underwent an exam, interview, practical test and on stage challenge.
“The competition prizes include cash and study tours, but more important for the finalists’ is the title and the chance to say they’re the best in the country,” says Doran.
The other winner on the night was Jared McLeod, from Regent New World in Whangarei, who took out the RMITO Butcher Apprentice of the Year category.
McLeod says it was unreal to win.
“I really wasn’t expecting it, the competition brought together the best apprentices New Zealand has to offer. It just feels great to come out on top,” says McLeod.
The competition is proudly supported by Alto, Retail Meat Industry Training Organisation, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc., Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, NZ Pork, Wilson Hellaby, Cabernet Foods, Natural Farm and Tegel Foods.