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     Australian Steelers defeat the Kiwi Sharp Blacks
Winning the inaugural Trans-Tasman Express Series butcher’s competition

Luke Leyson - Goodwood Quality Meats, SA; Adam Stratton - Tender Gourmet Butchery, NSW; Colin Garret - Colin’s Butchery, NSW; Gareth Hunt - Fat Cow Gourmet Meats, QLD; Tom Bouchier - Peter Bouchier Butchers of Distinction, VIC; & Nick Dagg - Gourmet Market Meats, QLD
The first Trans-Tasman Express Series was held in Wellington in May and any way you slice it, our Aussie butchers have come out on top despite the Kiwis being the favourites to win.

The competition is an express version of the much bigger World Butchers’ Challenge. The teams each consisted of six skilled butchers and were judged on their knife skills, innovation, value adding and cleanliness & hygiene.

The 2-hour challenge included a surprise mystery component requiring one member to describe and “sell” the team’s final display of products to the judges.


Steelers Captain Adam Stratton explained that the combination of their 4-metre display table of 52 innovative products and the excellent “sales” presentation by Tom Bouchier helped them win the competition.

“We had some very inventive and advanced value added creations including pork dumplings and filo pastries that were showcased beautifully,” said Adam enthusiastically .

The Steelers were thrilled to have taken part in the competition and now look forward to competing in the 2018 World Butchers' Challenge, which will be held in Belfast, Ireland next March. Paul Brady of Tender Gourmet Meats, NSW will be back on the team replacing Gareth Hunt for this match. AMIC wishes them the luck of the Irish at next year’s World Butchers’ Challenge.

The Steelers would like to thank their amazing Sponsors
Australian Pork Limited | Meat and livestock Australia
Murray Valley Meat Wholesalers | Flavour Makers
Thompson Equipment | Neild and Co | Vadals

The World Butchers Challenge

The World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) was created as a platform where butchers from across the world can compete and showcase the butchery skills and creative uses of the beef, lamb and pork products from their respective countries. Previous hosts have included Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain and the current World Champions are France.

The WBC will be taking place at IFEX, which is one of Europe’s longest-established food, hospitality and retail events. IFEX 2018 will be held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
- a purpose built space for events, public exhibitions and trade shows and Belfast’s largest dedicated exhibition space.

The competition will see the best Artisan Butchers and Apprentices fight for the titles of Best Butchers in the World and will be the biggest in WBC history. It is expected to attract 250 butchers from 12 countries; Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Greece, South Africa, USA, Bulgaria, Italy and Germany.

The competition will be proceeded by a five-day all Ireland butchery study tour for the visiting competitors.

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