Stars of the meat industry are awarded

By Rick Pendrous contact

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The Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers 2017 Annual Prize-Giving.
The Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers 2017 Annual Prize-Giving.

Related tags: Meat processing, Apprenticeship, Vocational education

The ‘best of the best’ in the meat and poultry industry were recognised last week (February 21) at The Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Annual Prize-Giving.

The event celebrated the achievements of butchers, their employers and training providers from across the UK.

The IoM ceo and master of ceremonies, Keith Fisher, an IoM master butcher, presided over the event, which involved the presentation of 12 awards to recipients from a wide range of industry backgrounds (see panel below).

‘An honourable profession

“Butchery is an honourable profession with a rich heritage,”​ said Fisher at the awards ceremony. “The winners awarded today are a credit to the profession and embody the high standards that the Institute of Meat prides itself on.”

The overall winner, the ‘Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year’, chosen from the individual categories, was Samuel Deighton, from Plumpton College. He received a year’s free membership of the IoM along with a cash prize of £500.

“Every year the quality of the nominations appears to get better, and all are worthy winners,”​ said Bill Jermey, chairman of the IoM.

“Sam impressed us by how he used his apprenticeship to overcome his dyslexia and lack of confidence, by becoming completely involved in the process of making quality meat and meat products with an impressive work ethic.​”

High standards and expertise

In celebration of the high standards and expertise of experienced butchers too, 11 professional butchers were awarded the IoM Accredited Master Butcher Award (MB.Inst.M). They were: Eamonn Nash, Mark  Rogers, Kevin Hawkins, David Munden, Alan Cox, James Doherty, Shaun Stockhill and Scott Robertson, all from Booker Cash and Carry.

Steven Dobson and Richard Jones from Dunbia and Kevin Meades from Crosby Management Training, were also awarded MB.Inst.Ms. Currently, there are just 30 MB.Inst.Ms in the country.

Other awards presented on the day were, The Gary Baker Award, to Helen Whalley from Harper Adams University, and a Fellowship of the Institute of Meat to Dr Phil Hadley, for his contribution to the meat industry over many years.

The 2017 IoM WCB prize-winners

Samuel Deighton, Plumpton College, Best New Apprentice Progressing on a Trailblazer Standard

Tara Davies, Crosby Butchery Training, Best Retail Butchery Student

Daniel Turley, Crosby Butchery Training, Best Meat Processing Student

Rui Pedro Gomes Sousa, Poultec, Best Poultry Industry Student

Martin Naan, Southern Regional College, Best Independent Retail Meat Apprentice

William Pountney, Shropshire Training, Best Meat Manufacturing Apprentice

Kyle Fisher, Southern Regional College, Best Full Time Professional Butchery Student

Matthew Smith, Plumpton College, Meat Apprentice Showing Most Management Promise

Dunbia, Best Company Training Scheme

Crosby Butchery Training, Best Meat Training Provider of the Year

Harry Clarke, Meat (Ipswich), Lord Graham Endeavour Award (sponsored by sister title Meat Trades Journal​)

Samuel Deighton, Plumpton College, Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year

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