UK - Four craft competitions will be some of the highlights at this year’s Meatup/Food Science and Technology Show.
The competitions join the list of exhibitors and a list of leading speakers at two seminar theatres.
Co-locating with the Food Science & Technology Show, the show take place from 30 June to 1 July at the NAEC in Stoneleigh.
The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders have whittled down a record number of applicants to a magnificent seven finalists for the Premier Young Butcher competition, to be held on 30 June.
The competition, lasting five and a half hours, is divided into six categories: Ready to Eat; Stuffed Roast; Seam Butchery; Kitchen Ready; Barbecue; and Display. Within each category, the competitors are judged on individual skill, product difficulty, innovation, practical application as well as for safe and hygienic working practices.
On 1 July, the National Association of Catering Butchers is inviting chefs to battle for the title of NACB Chef Butchery Skills Champion 2015, complete with cash prizes.
Four finalists will be selected in advance of the competition following the completion of a meat knowledge questionnaire, which will be adjudicated by Brian Turner and Andreas Antona.
The final will be judged by BPEX, when competitors will be asked to create a portioned product ready for cooking from pork middles kindly supplied by Packington Pork. All chefs will be offered butchery skills guidance and practice with an NACB butcher ahead of the competition.
Also on day two, the NFMFT will be holding a one day National Products Competition which is open to all independent butchers, farm shops and food processors. There are 19 categories across burgers, sausages, bacon and pastry products with 21 trophies up for grabs including Supreme Sausage Champion and Overall Champion.
The final competition is the UK Foodservice Meat Craftsman competition. Organised by the NACB the Association is looking for four finalists to compete to demonstrate excellence in butchery at Meatup. The competition will require a demonstration of skill with a rump of beef and a shoulder of lamb, and will be judged by EBLEX. All butchers are welcome to enter and there is a prize of £1000 for the overall winner.
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