Butcher Tom aims to be cut above with Team GB

Tri-nations Butchery Challenge GB team. (s)
Tri-nations Butchery Challenge GB team. (s)

A butcher from Huntley’s in Samlesbury is preparing to join Team GB in making their final preparations to bring home the top prize in the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, to be held in New Zealand next week.

Tom Wood, the team’s breaker/boner, will join the team in Auckland for the ultimate butchery competition between Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.

The three six-man teams will be challenged to turn a side of beef and whole lamb carcass into an original and creative display within a strict two-hour time limit.

Making every effort to secure victory in the competition, Team GB have held a number of practice sessions across the UK. The final get-together was held at The Food Academy at Leeds City College, where the team completed their finishing touches in their quest to be the best.

With a combined total of more than 120 years experience in the butchery industry and a whole wealth of skills to draw on, this year’s Team GB is hoping to land the top honour.

Laura Ryan, head of marketing and strategy at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board said: “This year’s team are working tremendously hard to ensure they are crowned the 2015 victors, hosting regular practice sessions under timed conditions. The preparation has given the team an insight into what to expect at the competition and it puts us in the best possible position to be successful.

“Each team member has brought a different skill set to the group, ensuring we have a real breadth of knowledge and experience. Not only does this maximise our chance of winning, but it also highlights how important the competition is for sharing good practice and showcasing the profession to the next generation of butchers.”

Team GB team captain David Lishman of Lishman’s of Ilkley, West Yorkshire commented: “Our team this year is enthusiastic and skilled and we are looking forward to showcasing our skills in Auckland. We are working with some of the best produce and people in the industry and we are quietly confident that we will lift the trophy this year.”