Trainee butchers compete at CPIT

Trainee butchers compete at CPIT

Canterbury’s up and coming butchers prepared their best cuts of meat at the Regional Finals of the Alto Young Butcher and RMITO Butcher Apprentice of the Year at CPIT. The intense two hour competition saw entrants prepare over 10 different cuts of chicken, beef and pork, including a creative option. They then presented the meat in ‘local butcher’s shop style’ for the judges, which included CPIT Chef Tutor Dave Tame.


CPIT Professional Cookery graduate Jamie Trudgeon from Allenton Butchery in Ashburton took out the top apprentice prize. He was inspired to move from cookery into butchery by his previous CPIT Tutor, Tony Tikao, who showed him the art of preparing meat. His CPIT training was evident in the way he displayed his cuts for the judges.

“Jamie showed that his chef training background was valuable in terms of his very clean, tidy and methodical work methods along with the thought that went into his meat display, which had a lot of parallels with good food presentation,” Competition judge Tame said.

Timmy Watson, trained by part-time CPIT Tutor and owner of Ashby Meats Corey Winder, won the young butcher competition.

Tame was impressed by the commitment to training shown by all competitors and their employers. “The key to turning out good quality apprentices… is in having supportive employers with a commitment to training. It was clear that both winners benefitted immensely from their respective employers’ training input,” Tame said.

Both regional winners will go on to compete in the National Final in Auckland’s Viaduct Event Centre on August 24 with study trips to Australia and Europe as well as cash prizes up for grabs.

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