UK beats Germany to come fifth in International Young Butcher Competition
Published:  18 May, 2017

The UK trounced Germany to claim fifth place in the International Young Butcher Competition, set in the picturesque Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck in Austria, although France came top.

Dylan Gillespie (pictured right) from Clogher Valley Meats, Northern Ireland, and James Taylor from Simpsons Butchers in Leicester squared off against 10 other 18- to 23 year-old top butchery apprentices from Austria, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.

Both delivered personal best performances, with James finishing fifth and Dylan ninth in the ‘Surprise’ section, beating Austrian and German candidates.

In the Barbecue and Kitchen Ready categories Dylan finished in seventh and eighth position while James finished ninth and tenth beating German, French, and Austrian competitors.

The two also caused an upset in the Ready to Eat category, when James finishing eighth and Dylan ninth beat a German and both Dutch candidates.

In the demanding Seam Butchery category, commanding 30% of total marks, James finished ninth and Dylan eleventh, beating one of the Swiss candidates in twelfth place.

Following two days of intensive competition, with all marks added together, James finished tenth and Dylan eleventh, putting the UK in fifth place overall. The overall score meant the pair equalled previous best UK performances and beat the German team into sixth place.

For the third year running, with only 14 points frustratingly separating top and bottom place, the Swiss finished the competition winning the team prize.

Meanwhile, Tony Carville of France, winning three and finishing second and third in two out of the six categories, deservedly took the title of International Young Butcher 2017 in what ended as a closely fought contest.

The 2017 UK International Young Butcher team was organised by the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT). They were sponsored by Anglo Beef Processors (ABP), AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Pork, Dalziel, the Institute of Meat, Leeds City College, Meat Ipswich, RAPS (UK), Weddel Swift and the Worshipful Company of Butchers.