With less than 30 days to go, the countdown to the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge is well and truly on, and team GB have been practising hard to ensure they beat their Australian and New Zealand counterparts when the competition takes place at the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday, 10 July.The six-man team are heading to the Walter Smith butchers training facility, in Dudley, next Monday for what will be one of their final practice sessions. They will get to work on a side of beef and whole lamb carcase to craft a display that is original and creative. If you stop and think about that for a second, you realise that it is no mean feat. Turning an entire lamb and a half side of beef into a range of small, intricate cuts in just two hours requires not just skill, but strength and control too.
On the day of the contest, each team will be challenged to do this in two hours in front of a large audience. As well as being an opportunity for the national teams to exhibit their skills in meat preparation and presentation, it is also a chance for the butchers from ‘down under’ to work hands-on with British produce, and to see the end product that UK farmers work hard to perfect.Last year the Kiwis won the title on their home soil, something that David Lishman, the British team captain, thinks will be advantageous for his side this time around because they won’t be limited by the amount of presentation material they can, or can’t, fit in their suitcase!
The teams are all keen to take bragging rights, and already the competition’s social media pages have become a hotbed of banter. Organisers are making sure plenty of information is available for all, and will be posting daily updates, news-flashes, facts, and figures to raise the profile of the event.Everyone involved is hoping for a big turnout and all are welcome to watch the best of British, Australian and New Zealand butchers representing their countries at the Great Yorkshire Show. If you happen to be there, make sure you swing by.
After all, there’s a lot at ‘steak’!