Abigail, from PAK’nSAVE Kaitaia, endured a cutting test, exam and interview and was put through the paces in an on-stage game show challenge at the awards dinner last night.
Her success went even further when she was also named in the 2014 Pure South Sharp Blacks, the national butchery team.
Abigail is thrilled with tonight’s result and is looking forward to her prize of a study tour to Europe next year.
“Four years ago I started this journey and I never dreamed it would give me the opportunity it has and the career I am so passionate about.
“Even in a male dominated industry, nothing is impossible. Dare to dream and dream big,” says Abigail.
The other winner on the night was Jack Khosrawi from Auckland’s PAK’nSAVE Lincoln Road, who took out the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year category.
As his prize, Jack will accompany Abigail to Europe next year to support the Pure South Sharp Blacks in the Tri Nations Butchery Competition.
The Young Butcher and Butcher Apprentice competition is supported by Alto Packaging, Competenz, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, New Zealand Pork, Wedderburn, Wilson Hellaby, Cabernet Foods, Natural Farm and Tegel.