Reigning champions for the last two years, The Pure South Sharp Blacks, New Zealand’s national butchery team, will be defending their title against Australia and England at the 2015 Tri-Nations Butcher’s Challenge.
Promising to be the biggest butchery event in Kiwi history, the competition will be held on September 10 at Shed 10 in Auckland, the same day as the Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year Grand Final.
Each team will have just three hours to turn a side of beef, side of pork and a whole lamb into a display based around a theme of their choice. Contestants will be marked on their preparation, presentation, finishing and display with each team judged by a panel of industry experts.
Made up of the nation’s best butchers, the team of six were selected after a nomination and trial application process which attracted more than 50 butchers from around the country. The team is managed by Heller’s founder, Todd Heller.
The current team members are Greg Egerton of New World Mosgiel, Abigail Lane of Neat Meat Queenstown, Phill Pirie of Clark’s Organic Meat Specialists in Auckland, Matthew Spires of PAK’n SAVE Te Awamutu, Bruce van der Net of PAK n’SAVE Taupo and Corey Winder (captain) of Elite Meats in Christchurch.