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HCC launches Welsh Butcher of the Year competition
Published:  17 March, 2017

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has begun its search for the 2017 Welsh Butcher of the Year.

All members of HCC’s Butchers’ Club are eligible to enter the cutting contest, which will be held for the second year at the Royal Welsh Show in July. Entrants will be expected to explain why they should be crowned the winner, as well as showing how they use innovative cuts and flavours to maximise the sales value of their products.

The two best butchers will be selected to go head-to-head in a live contest on HCC’s stand at the Royal Welsh Show, and will be given a leg and breast of PGI Welsh Lamb and a topside and brisket of PGI Welsh Beef to create a show-stopping retail display to impress the judges, with the winner being crowned champion for 2017.

Mark McArdle, of McArdle Family Butchers of Chirk, was crowned Welsh Butchers’ Club – Butcher of the Year in 2016.

“It was an honour to win the competition in 2016,” he said. “Our family business in Chirk received a great deal of press and media attention and I have enjoyed a number of fantastic experiences with HCC since winning the competition. These have included an opportunity to undertake a live butchery demonstration at the Winter Fair, the filming of meat-cutting consumer videos and a chance to attend a butchery awards dinner in London. I would encourage all butchers to apply.”

Rhys Llywelyn, HCC’s marketing manager, said: “Following the success of last year’s competition and the quality of entries, we are excited to launch the competition again this year. Our Butchers’ Club has hundreds of very talented and ambitious butchers and we are keen to recognise this and raise the profile of the sector in the process.

“There is a huge emphasis on innovation and new product development these days. People lead busy lives and opt for quick and easy-to-cook cuts. It is for this reason that the judges will be looking for new and creative ideas to meet the demands of consumers, as well as judging the competitors’ superior butchery skills.

“We look forward to presenting this year’s winner with the prestigious Butcher of the Year title and trophy, a three-course meal for two at one of HCC’s Welsh Lamb Club restaurants, as well as access to exclusive promotional activity and exciting opportunities to work with HCC at future events.”

Closing date for entries is 12 June 2017 and butchers can enter here.