AUSTRALIA’S team is being finalised for the annual Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge, this year being contested in New Zealand.
Five of the six Australian team-members have now been decided, with a national search currently on to find the sixth member of the team.
Australia has again lined-up a formidable team, regarded as some of the best and most innovative butchers in the business from around the country.
Already confirmed are:
- Michael James, team captain from Carina North Quality Meats (Qld)
- Adam Stratton from Tender Value Meats (NSW)
- Ben Barrow, Granville TAFE Head Butchery Teacher (NSW)
- Matthew Papandrea, Joe Papandrea Quality Meats (NSW), and
- Tom Bouchier, Peter Bouchier Butchers of Distinction (VIC).
The sixth team-member will be added in coming weeks.
The Australian team will compete against equivalent butcher teams from England and New Zealand in the annual butchery challenge taking place this year in Auckland in September. Last year’s Challenge was held in the UK, where the New Zealanders emerged victorious.
This will be the fifth such Challenge to take place since 2010, judging teams on a wide range of butchering, value-adding and presentation skills across beef and lamb cuts.
After last year’s narrow defeat at the hands of the Kiwis, the Australian team say they are keen to take revenge and bring home the Tri-Nations Challenge trophy to where it belongs.
Australia team manager veteran butcher Trevor Saville, from Saville’s Fresh Meat Market at Helensvale has been passionately involved in the Tri-Nations team since its inception. He has once again generously donated his premises and has provided the beef and lamb necessary for the Australian team to perfect their butchering, value-adding and presentation skills, and build team-work towards delivering their winning competition entry this year.
More sponsors needed
Organisers recently welcomed branded beef wholesaler and exporter Atron Enterprises as a gold-level sponsor for the event. Atron joins major sponsor, Australian Pork Ltd.
Organisers are aiming to attract further industry sponsors for the high-profile event, to offset costs. Bronze, Silver and Gold sponsorships are available, ranging in value from $1500 to $10,000.
“We are actively seeking cash donations and sponsorship to get the team to NZ. Product sponsorships are also of value and appreciated, but cash is where we need support, to defray costs,” event organisers said.
- For sponsorship inquiries, contact Lachie Bowtell, Lachlan Bowtell & Associates, 0448 220 727.