22 May 2018
For butchers who want to show the world what they can do, this is the place to be! The World Butcher’s Challenge began 7 years ago, and included just 2 countries Australia and New Zealand, with 6 butchers a side, with each team being given 3 hours to break down a side of beef and a lamb into a themed display. The Australian team called The Australian Steelers, who have continued to enter every year, won this inaugural event. In the early years it was held in Australia and New Zealand, but this year it’s being held all the way over in Belfast, Ireland! Each year the competition grows in popularity, and now includes beef, lamb as well as pork cuts, to be broken down by each team. This year there will be 12 countries showcasing talented butchers from their homelands including France, Greece, USA and Italy.
If you want to know which Australian butchers are part of this global competition, and where they come from, read on. From NSW, we have the team captain, Adam Stratton, who owns four butcher shops in NSW and Colin Garret with Colin’s Butcheries in Sydney. Tom Bouchier is part of the Peter Bouchier butchers in Victoria, team mate Nick Dagg owns Gourmet Meats in Cairns, Queensland and Luke Leyson comes from Goodwood Quality Meats in South Australia.