Contest begins to bring the Tri-Nations cup home
National pride will be on the line this year as Team GB brandishes its knives to take on Australia and New Zealand in the Tri-Nations Butchery Competition 2015.
In a year of international competition, with both the cricket and rugby world cups taking place, a team of British butchers will head across the world to New Zealand in September in its bid for glory.
In the quest to bring home the trophy, Team GB is launching its search for the six best butchers in the country, whose skills will be pitted against their counterparts, including hosts and current champions New Zealand.
Much like rugby and cricket, the art of butchery is an important part of British heritage, requiring true skill and dedication. The Tri-Nations Butchery Competition, which was held in the UK in 2014, showcases the calibre of British butchery internationally, bringing together the best in the field as they battle it out for the top prize.
Those who are selected to represent their country will also benefit from a study tour that will allow them to gain an insight into the global nature of the trade, and exchange information on best practices among industry leaders. The experience and the results of the competition provide valuable feedback to the competitors and wider industry.
David Lishman, award-winning butcher and 2014 team captain, said: “Last year the New Zealand team proved they are a class act and this year they have a home advantage. But, butchery in Great Britain has a rich heritage which, with the right team, makes me quietly confident of our chances.
“Today’s British butchers are extremely talented and regularly demonstrate their abilities at regional and national cutting competitions, but it is the Tri-Nations competition that gives us the opportunity to illustrate these talents globally.”
If you think you have what it takes to represent the best of British butchery in New Zealand this autumn, then swap your butchers block for a biro and fill out an application form on the EBLEX trade website.
To get a flavour for what the competition involves be sure to watch the new Tri-Nations promotional video here.
For more information and to see highlights of last year’s competition, check out the Tri-Nations Butchery Challenge Facebook page.