Talented Leeds City College butchery student competes in Australia

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Talented Leeds City College butchery student competes in Australia


Talented Leeds City College butchery student, Hannah Blakey, is competing in a prestigious competition on 30 April in Australia.

The Lifeline Young Butcher competition will be the 17 year old’s fourth contest in the past year, after being invited by esteemed Australian butcher and judge, Bob Retallick. He spotted Hannah’s potential at the World Butchers’ Challenge in September 2016.

Contestants from around the world, will have three hours to make as many value added products as possible using a full loin of pork, whole topside and a full leg of lamb. They will also be required to display, garnish and label their products, whilst selecting one to cook and present as a restaurant style meal.

James Richardson, butchery tutor, said: “This is a great accolade for Leeds City College and a fantastic opportunity for Hannah to impress the judges with her growing talent.

“I’m proud of her tenacity and commitment to develop and push herself further. Her work is continually getting better, which is testament to her dedication and passion for butchery.”

As part of the trip, contestants will also have a unique opportunity to visit top butcheries in the state and talk to owners for invaluable tips and advice.

Hannah said: “I’m excited to compete in Australia again and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. None of this would have been possible without the continued support from my tutors and their encouragement.

“I definitely made the right choice coming to Leeds City College. I wouldn’t have been given all of these fantastic opportunities elsewhere.”

Earlier this year, Hannah competed in the WorldSkills Butchery Challenge in November 2016 and won the Welsh heat taking her to the final in Birmingham, followed by the World Butchers’ Challenge in Australia.

For more information on Leeds City College’s butchery apprenticeships, click here.