Dales Butchers – industry awards

Dales Butchers – industry awards

Ira Collier of Dales Butchers Cumbria at the Team GB qualification competition
Ira Collier of Dales Traditional Butchers prepares meat products for a place on Team GB

Ira Collier secures a place on Team GB

We’re proud to announce that we’re celebrating another success here at Dales Traditional Butchers.

In mid-May, we attended the finals of the Great British Butchers Awards, entering nine products in the prestigious Golden Cleaver awards, all of which took gold.

At the same time, our staff member Ira Collier (25), who has been with us for eight years, took his chances against some of the nation’s finest young butchers. They were all showcasing their skills as they competed for a sought-after place on Team GB when it participates in the World Champion Butcher Apprentice and Young Butcher competition in Sacramento, California, in 2020.

Entrants have to be 31 or younger, and still completing their trade apprenticeship at the time of taking part.

Ira explained: “These British heats were hosted in Harrogate. We had just 75 minutes to prepare 18 different products, which I had to plan in advance, and all had to come from a single pork shoulder. These included pulled pork, Bombay steak grills, devilishly kebabs, sweet chilli pork stir fry, barbecue pork ribs and pork scratchings. It was exhausting and exciting!”

Needless to say, we’re all very proud of Ira and what he has achieved – he has worked so hard to learn his craft and this success is very well deserved. We can’t wait to see how he does in Sacramento next year.

Well done, Ira  – not a bad day’s work

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