Wales latest nation to join World Butchers' Challenge
Wales is the latest nation to join the World Butchers’ Challenge, with their national squad – Craft Butchery Team Wales, signing up to compete in Sacramento, California next September.
Team captain, Peter Rushforth from Ernest W. Edge and Son, Handbridge, Chester in the UK, a former winner of Butchery WorldSkills UK and Welsh Butcher of the Year competitions, is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
The World Butchers’ Challenge, a biennial event which started out as a Trans-Tasman Test Match between Australia and New Zealand in 2011, will head to the iconic Golden 1 Center in the Californian city of Sacramento on 4 and 5 September, 2020.
Once there, the Craft Butchery Team Wales along with fifteen other nations will be tasked with slicing up a side of beef (half a carcass), a side of pork (half a carcass), a whole lamb and five chickens to produce a themed display of value-added products to battle out for the world champion crown and take home the Friedr. Dick Golden Knife Trophy.
A global panel of judges will then score each display based on strict criteria that includes; knife skills, hygiene, safety, consistency, time management, cookability & saleability as well as style, visual impact and innovation of the display.
New Zealander Rod Slater, World Butchers’ Challenge founder and Chairman of the Organising Committee, is credited with coming up with the original concept of the Trans-Tasman Test Match. Alongside Ashley Gray, World Butchers’ Challenge CEO, they have driven, in just a few years, what was an industry-facing event into an international phenomenon attracting world-wide media coverage and record sponsorships.