Two teams of five butchers will represent their Island in the competition, sponsored by Wedderburn, which will be held at the 2013 Retail Meat New Zealand Conference on Saturday, 20 April in New Plymouth.
The North Island team is made up of Isaac Grammer from Harmony Foods, Abigail Lane from Pak’N’Save Kaitaia, Phill Pirie from Pokeno Bacon, David Porter from Harmony Foods and Dion Puncheon from Regent New World, Whangarei.
Karl Ter Borg from Nelson City New World, Jeremy Garth from New World, St Martins, Nolton Laing from Harris Meats, Cheviot, Nicholas Tobin from Harris Meats, Cheviot and Timmy Watson from Ashby’s Fine Meats & Deli are all part of the South Island team.
Each team of butchers will be given a beef hindquarter, a side of lamb, a side of pork and three chickens to work with. The teams must use this product to create a top shelf butchery display within a two hour timeframe.
Retail Meat spokesperson, Kim Doran, says the butchery challenge encourages healthy competition within the industry.
“The test match offers the competing butchers a chance to challenge themselves and learn new skills while also opening opportunities for the butchers within the industry,” says Doran.
The North versus South competition will also determine which butchers will take on the current Wedderburn Sharp Blacks, the national team, in a trial later this year.
This trial will find the top butchers in the country who will travel to Britain for the international tri-series in 2014.