Butcher set to face nation's best

19:07, Jul 21 2013
Jonathan Haywood
Carving up: Jonathan Haywood at the upper South Island Alto Young Butcher of the year competitionntsG

A young Kaikoura butcher won the title of the upper South Island Alto Young Butcher of the year on Saturday.

New World Kaikoura butcher Jonathan Haywood will be heading to Auckland to face off against the other regional winners at the grand final next month.

Tristan Wilson of New World Rolleston, near Christchurch, won the title of the upper South Island apprentice butcher of the year.

Jonathan Haywood
Jonathan Haywood

Mr Haywood, 28, has been in the trade for about 13 years, and won the lower North Island competition four years ago.

While he was pleased to win the competition, he would be putting in a lot more work before the nationals, he said.

"I did pretty well, I came away with the result I suppose, but there was still a lot more that I could have done. The competition was amazing, the quality of butchering was some of the best I've seen."

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The talented butcher was joined by two other Marlborough butchers from Westmeat Blenheim.

Jeff Luttrell, 24, competed in the young butcher section, and Jimmy Trott, 19, in the butcher apprentice section.

Westmeat Blenheim manager Mike Thomas said although the pair did not place first or second in their categories, it had been a good experience: "The standard was very high."

The Marlborough Express