NEW Zealand’s national butchery team, the “Pure South Sharp Blacks”, yesterday won the Tri-Nations Butchers’ challenge for the third consecutive year.
The competition, held this year in Auckland, brings together teams of six elite retail butchers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand in a test of knife skills, value-adding flair, and presentation.
Following many months of refining their skills, the intense three-hour competition saw the competing butchers turn a side of beef, pork and a whole lamb into value-added retail-ready cuts to produce a world-class display.
NZ team Captain, Corey Winder said he was absolutely ecstatic with the Sharp Blacks’ win.
“We have put in a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. The team is so pumped, words can’t describe the feeling of accomplishment,” he said.
Proudly representing Australia as the “Steelers” this year were; Adam Stratton from Tender Value Meats (NSW); Paul Brady, Tender Gourmet Meats, Macquarie (NSW); Matthew Papandrea of Joe Papandrea Quality Meats (NSW); Tom Bouchier from Peter Bouchier Butchers of Distinction (VIC); Ben Burrow, head butchery teacher at NSW TAFE; and team captain Michael James from Carina North Meats (QLD)
Now in its fifth year, the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge is a serious competition of skills and knife-work. Independent judges award points based on butchery skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish, presentation, display and articulation – all elements that the global butchery industry believes are vital ingredients to the longevity and continued growth of independent butchers.
Australia will host the event next year.
Click on the gallery images below to see how the Australian ‘Steelers’ team went in Auckland.