NZ retail butchers are competing for top spot

2016 Alto Young Butcher of the Year Amy Jones focusing on her task at this time last year.

The battle is on today to find the nation’s top butcher and butcher apprentice. Twenty finalists, 10 in each category, are vying for the prestigious titles of Alto Butcher of the year and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year for 2017.

At this year’s Grand Final, contestants will complete a two-hour practical cutting test, with those in the apprentice category also facing an interview and written exam. The competition, held at Auckland’s Shed 10, will be followed by a black-tie dinner later today where the winners will be announced.

The 2017 Alto Butcher finalists are:

• Alana Empson, PAK’nSAVE Clarence St, Hamilton
• Anthony Ross, New World Fendalton, Christchurch
• Benjamin Henry, New World Thorndon, Wellington
• Dan Klink, Mangawhai Meat Shop, Mangawhai
• James Smith, PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe, Auckland
• Justin Hinchco, Waipawa Butchery, Napier/Hastings
• Kieran Horsefield, New World Greenmeadows, Napier/Hastings
• Luka Young, New World Eastridge, Auckland
• Reuben Sharples, Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Auckland
• Riki Kerekere, Countdown Meat & Seafood, Auckland

The 2017 Competenz Butcher Apprentice finalists:

• Andrew Cumming, New World Eastridge, Auckland
• Bailey Marshall, Harris Meats, Cheviot
• Ben Nelson, Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Auckland
• Brianne Beets, New World Tokoroa, Tokoroa
• Dylan Ohlson, New World Rangiora, Rangiora
• Gurpreet Dhillon, PAK’nSAVE Te Awamutu, Te Awamutu
• Makalah Stevens, New World Foxton, Foxton
• Michael Samani, New World Eastridge, Auckland
• Patryck Edwards, PAK’nSAVE Wairau, Auckland
• Samantha Weller, New World Rangiora, Rangiora

Good luck to them all!

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