Hunt on for best young butcher in Wales

Wales’ best young butchers are due to showcase their skills at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in order to see who will take the champion title.

The Welsh Young Butcher competition is marked on both knowledge and knife and presentation skills, with the winner receiving a cheque for £200 in addition to their trophy.

The butchers entering must be under 23 years old, with four finalists being selected to butcher a brisket of Welsh Beef, a shoulder of Welsh Lamb, half a saddle of Welsh pork and a whole chicken into cuts of their choice.

Cambrian Training Company’s managing director Arwyn Watkins said: “Every year, young butchers manage to raise the bar with their high level of skills, which helps to promote butchery as an exciting and rewarding career. Our ultimate aim is to develop world-class skills in Wales so that our young butchers can compete with the best at international level.”

The judges have been announced as Steve Williams and Colin Harris from Castell Howell, and Steve Morgans from Morgans Butchers, Brecon.

The fair will take place in Builth Wells on 3 December and the closing date for entries is 31 October.