Butchers to battle in the land of the Kings
The World Butchers’ Challenge boldly claims to make rockstars out of butchers and is one step further to doing so after confirming the home for the 2020 competition as Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California – the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable arena.
Home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and host to a who’s who of global superstars including Elton John and Justin Timberlake, this is the first time the arena has set up such a large international food event, let alone one that features 96 competing butchers.
World Butchers’ Challenge Chair, Rod Slater visited the arena late last year and is thrilled with the decision to travel to Sacramento after witnessing what’s in store for the competition come September 2020.
Likewise, Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Office Matina Kolokotronis is excited about the prospect of hosting an international food competition of this scale.
Supporting the event is Visit Sacramento, the city’s tourism board and President & CEO, Mike Testa is anticipating thousands of visitors to the competition.
Located in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Golden 1 Center puts significant emphasis on catering for the thousands of visitors it welcomes, offering the most innovative food programme – or Farm-to-Court as they call it – in sports entertainment.
Operating a one-of-a-kind, hyper-local food and sustainability program, they source 90% of their ingredients from a 150-mile radius of the arena and this will include the beef, lamb, pork and chicken used during the World Butchers’ Competition.
Building on their sustainable food approach, Golden 1 Center is also the first arena to be awarded LEED Platinum Designation – the highest level of global recognition for environmentally conscious buildings and organisations, including being 100% solar powered.
The World Butchers’ Challenge will be held on the 5th September 2020 following the World Champion Butcher Apprentice and Young Butcher competition on the 4th. To register your interest in attending please click here.