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Sydney to host Australia's young butchers final

Australia’s best apprentice and young butchers will go head-to-head in Sydney in April as they fight for a place in the national team at next year’s World Butchers Challenge.

Australian Apprentice Jack Stuart competing in the 2018 World Butcher's Challenge in Belfast, Ireland.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show will host the 26 finalists from around the country as they seek one of four places for the competition in Sacramento, USA, in September 2020.


Team spokesman, Bob Retallick, said two apprentices and two young butchers would be selected for Team Australia.


“The World Butchers Challenge is the Olympics of butchery, so it’s fitting that the final selection is taking place at Sydney Olympic Park and at an event that showcases the best of Australian agriculture,” he said.


“The final selection on Wednesday 17 April will be held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show from 10am to 1pm with the butchers put through their paces in the same format of the international competition.


“The Apprentice and Young Butcher competitions pit individual butchers against one another in a test of skills and we look forward to finding out who our Australian representatives will be.”


Apprentice competition applicants must be a signed apprentice as of 30 September 2019, while Young Butchers must be no older than 31 years, as of 1 January 2019.


“The selection process this year involves state trials, where they must be judged as one of the top two apprentices or young butchers in that competition,” Mr Retallick said.


“The winner of the 2018 Australian Meat Industry Council Apprentice of the Year competition and the WorldSkills Apprentice Butcher competition will also compete in the Sydney final.


“We know there is a high level of skill and enthusiasm in this group of butchers and we look forward to shining a spotlight on it, including their skills in value-adding and creativity, at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”


Most of the state competitions have now been held around the country with two still to come as follows:

  • Queensland: 7 March, Saville’s Factory, Helensvale

  • New South Wales: 21 March, Granville TAFE Campus, Granville


The Apprentices and Young Butchers will join the senior team, the Australian Steelers, as part of Team Australia. For updates on the competition, follow @wbcteamaustralia on Facebook.

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