Aussie NZ rivalry leads to global butcher competition

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 14th March 2018

Australia’s best butchers are set to take on the world’s best butchers in the third annual World Butchers Challenge.

An annual event since 2016, the World Butchers Challenge was born out of a 2011 competition that saw New Zealand and Australian butchers compete against each other.

A few years later and the competition has grown into a global event with butchers from across the world set to compete in Belfast, Ireland on 21 March 2018.

Much like the Commonwealth Games athletes, Australia’s team of butchers have been training on the Gold Coast, preparing to enter into a three-hour skill, preparation and presentation test.

The ‘Australian Steelers’ butchers representative team include:

  • Adam Stratton (Captain), Tender Gourmet Butchery NSW
  • Colin Garrett, Colin’s Butchery NSW
  • Paul Brady, Tender Gourmet Butchery NSW
  • Tom Bouchier, Peter Bouchier Butchers of Distinction VIC
  • Nick Dagg, Gourmet Market Meats QLD
  • Luke Leyson, Goodwood Quality Meats SA

Australian Steelers Team Captain, Adam Stratton, said he believes Australia’s team dynamics to be strong.

“We’re a great team, with specific roles for each member and focused on our end display,” Stratton said.

“There’s a wealth of experience, skill and enthusiasm and we’re coming off a win at the 2017 TransTasman competition that’s helped boost our morale.

“This year’s competition is much bigger than in previous years, but we’re really excited to see the end results. We know there will be tough competition, but with the extra training we did this week, we’re focused and I’m confident we’re in with a shot.”


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