Two young Blenheim butchers are heading to Christchurch tonight to compete in the Upper South Island regional final of the Alto Young Butcher & Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition.
Westmeat Blenheim has entered a young butcher into both categories, with Jeff Luttrell, 24, competing in the young butcher section, and Jimmy Trott, 19, in the butcher apprentice section.
Mr Trott has been an apprentice chef for two years and welcomes the challenge for the experience.
"I hope to do well, I don't plan to win or anything but just to do the best I can I suppose, Jeff over there might win I think."
Mr Luttrell has entered other competitions in the seven years he has been a butcher and won a bronze award for his streaky bacon through New Zealand Pork about three years ago.
When asked if he had high hopes for the Young Butcher of the Year Competition, Mr Luttrell said: "Yes and no; it's just another experience, something else to have on your CV." Both men said the part that worried them most about the competition, which consists of an exam, an interview and a practical cutting test, was the written exam.
Westmeat manager Mike Thomas, who has been guiding the men with their preparations, said the competition was good for the young butchers and the customers.
"It's good for them and good for the customers.
"These guys learn different cuts, if people want value added or different cuts for their dinner parties or whatever these guys can do it for them," he said.
The winner of each section in the regional final will go to Auckland for the grand final of the competition.
The overall winner of the young butcher section will win a study trip to Europe, the Alto Young Butcher of the Year Trophy, and a knife set.
The overall winner of the apprentice section will win a study trip to Australia, the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year Trophy and a knife set.
Jono Haywood, from New World Kaikoura, is also competing in the upper South Island regional final of the Alto Young Butcher of the Year in Christchurch on Saturday.
- The Marlborough Express