Upper South Island selects its top young butchers

Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year Matthew Clemens and Rob Prins, Competenz, JudgeThe best young butchers in the Upper South Island have been announced following the Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year regional final on Saturday.

Rowan Lee from Peter Timbs in Bishopdale was the winner of the Alto Young Butcher category, while Matthew Clemens from New World Ilam topped the Competenz Butcher Apprentice category, both highly sought after titles.

Lee and Clemens now prepare for the national final held on September 10 at Shed 10 in Auckland, where they will compete against finalists from four other regions, vying for the prize of an international butchery study tour.

The competition is supported by Alto Packaging, Competenz, Alliance Group, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Cabernet Foods, Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, New Zealand Pork, Wilson Hellaby and Tegel.

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