The battle is on to find the nation’s top butcher and butcher apprentice.
Twenty finalists, 10 in each category will vie for the prestigious titles of Alto Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year for 2017.
At 2017’s Grand Final, contestants will complete a two-hour practical cutting test, with those in the apprentice category also facing an interview and written exam.
The competition, held at Auckland’s Shed 10, will be followed by a black-tie dinner where the winners will be announced.
Full results, including photos / quotes, will be announced via a press release. If you wish to request any specific photos or quotes from contestants please let me know.
The 2017 Alto Butcher finalists:
- Alana Empson, PAK’nSAVE Clarence St, Hamilton
- Anthony Ross, New World Fendalton, Christchurch
- Benjamin Henry, New World Thorndon, Wellington
- Dan Klink, Mangawhai Meat Shop, Mangawhai
- James Smith, PAK’nSAVE Pukekohe, Auckland
- Justin Hinchco, Waipawa Butchery, Napier/Hastings
- Kieran Horsefield, New World Greenmeadows, Napier/Hastings
- Luka Young, New World Eastridge, Auckland
- Reuben Sharples, Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Auckland
- Riki Kerekere, Countdown Meat & Seafood, Auckland
The 2017 Competenz Butcher Apprentice finalists:
- Andrew Cumming, New World Eastridge, Auckland
- Bailey Marshall, Harris Meats, Cheviot
- Ben Nelson, Aussie Butcher New Lynn, Auckland
- Brianne Beets, New World Tokoroa, Tokoroa
- Dylan Ohlson, New World Rangiora, Rangiora
- Gurpreet Dhillon, PAK’nSAVE Te Awamutu, Te Awamutu
- Makalah Stevens, New World Foxton, Foxton
- Michael Samani, New World Eastridge, Auckland
- Patryck Edwards, PAK’nSAVE Wairau, Auckland
- Samantha Weller, New World Rangiora, Rangiora
Source: Retail Meat New Zealand