THREE AWARD-WINNING Welsh Butchers aim to cut the UK opposition down to size in a leading National Competition final this week.
The three represent half of the six finalists at the Butchery WorldSkills UK National Competition final at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, to be held at the NEC Birmingham from November 19 to 21.
Representing Wales are Matthew Edwards of Vaughan's Family Butchers, Penyffordd, near Chester; Daniel John Allen-Raftery of Randall Parker, Llanidloes and Peter Rushforth of Swans Farm Shop, Mold. The trio qualified by winning against stiff competition at the Wales heat, hosted by Randall Parker Foods at Dolwen, Llanidloes and backed by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC).
WorldSkills UK National Skills Competitions are designed to enhance apprenticeship and training programmes and improve and drive skills in the industry. Butchery is one of more than 60 skills to feature in this year’s competitions. Welshpool-based training provider Cambrian Training Company were appointed to organise the butchery competition on behalf of WorldSkills UK and brought together the main players in the meat industry to form a steering group to organise the new butchery competition.
Matthew and Peter are no strangers to success and the big stage. Matthew, whose talents helped notch the highest points total in the heats and Peter, the current holder of Wales’ Young Butcher of the Year, featured in HCC’s BBQ display butchery competition at the Royal Welsh Show in July.
Melanie Cargill, HCC’s Market Development Officer, praised the high standard of the Welsh entries. “Matthew, Daniel and Peter are all great examples of a very talented group of butchers that are operating in shops across Wales.
“HCC promoted the competition across its 230 members of the Welsh Lamb and Beef Butcher’s Club. The finalists are our ambassadors in this competition, representative of a strong and dynamic industry that can be experienced throughout Wales,” she said.
Melanie said HCC hoped that this inaugural competition would win continued support within the Skills Show.