Young butchers across the country are preparing for the annual Alto Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year.
73 butchers have entered the regional stages of the competition ahead of the Grand Final which will take place in Auckland at Shed 10 in September.
Competition Organiser Pippa Hakwins says "It’s promising to see that not only is this competition helping to develop our young talent but it’s also playing a greater role in shaping the future of the industry."
The first of the regional competitions kicks of next Wednesday June 10 where entrants will have two hours to transform a beef rump, pork loin and chicken into a display of value-added cuts.
“It’s promising to see that not only is this competition helping to develop our young talent but it’s also playing a greater role in shaping the future of the industry,” says Hawkins.
Butchers will be judged on their practical skills during the cutting test, and communication ability in an interview. Their knowledge of the trade will also be tested in an exam.
In 2012, Peter Tuapawa was crowned Young Butcher of the year when he beat Abigail Smith from Pak’nSave in Kaitaia.
Last year, the New Zealand Pure South Sharp Banks team was also named best in the world at the Tri Nations Butchers' Challenge taking out Australia and Great Britain.