World's best butchers set sights on Sacramento
After a lengthy bidding process, Sacramento in California has been announced as the host city for the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge, after submitting the sharpest application.
Fifteen teams of six butchers from across the globe will travel to the United States – for the first time – to battle it out in what will be the biggest competition yet. Each team will have just three hours and fifteen minutes to breakdown a side of beef, a side of pork, a whole lamb and five chickens into a themed display of value-added cuts, to determine which nation will be announced as the world’s best butchers.
The World Butchers’ Challenge, a hugely visual spectacle which rivals the most intense and captivating of sporting events, was established in 2011 and has experienced massive growth over the past few years.
The Butchers of America, who competed at the 2018 competition alongside eleven other nations in Northern Ireland, placed their bid for 2020 in conjunction with the tourism board – Visit Sacramento –as they believe the city provides the perfect platform for butchers to be showcased to the rest of the world.
The planning committee for the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge are considering August – September 2020 to host the competition which will begin with a study tour at which the teams and accompanying delegates will tour Sacramento visiting butcher shops, farms and restaurants whilst also taking the opportunity to network.
The number of competing teams is expected to grow from 12 to 15 as are entries into the World Champion Young Butcher and Apprentice Competition which takes place prior to the main event. These two categories, modelled on the same concept as the World Butchers’ Challenge, are individual competitions which recognise and reward upcoming talent in the industry.
2018 World Butchers’ Challenge winners, Team Ireland, have already confirmed their interest in defending their title – as have founding countries: Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand – claiming their win has given butchers, nationwide, a well-deserved place in the spotlight.