Institute of Meat award winners unveiled

By Aidan Fortune

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Winners from this year's Institute of Meat awards
Winners from this year's Institute of Meat awards

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The butchery industry was celebrated at this year’s Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers Annual Prize-giving ceremony.

The event, which took place at Painters’ Hall in London, was attended by more than 100 members of the meat industry.

Thirteen awards were presented, with this year seeing the first ‘Best Abattoir Worker achieving WATOK’ Award, in recognition of the importance of this element of the meat industry.

The overall winner, chosen from the 13 category winners, was James Taylor of Simpsons Butchers in Sleaford, who was trained by Meat Ipswich. He receives a year’s honorary membership of the IoM and a cash prize of £500. This caps off a great year for Taylor, who won The Marco Peerdeman Award for Young Butcher of the Year at the Meat Trades Journal​ Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards last November.

Keith Fisher, chief executive of the IoM, explained how James had secured the award. “James embodies tomorrow’s generation of highly skilled craft butchers. For a young man in his early twenties he has already achieved so much; his accolades include a gold medal at WorldSkills UK Butchery competition last year. He is creative, precise and ambitious – a deserving winner indeed.”

As well as the awards ceremony, eight professional butchers were also awarded IoM Accredited Master Butcher status. They were: Martin McIntyre, Simon Bennett, Sue Winders, Henry McAlonan, Mike Roach, Kevin Culverwell, Arthur Burke and Thomas Hughes.

Bill Jermey, chairman of the IoM, said: “The meat and poultry industry is not only a proud industry, but a forward-thinking one too. It is our mission at the IoM to encourage, inspire and reward; this is at the heart of the prize-giving event. I’m especially delighted to see our colleagues in the abattoir sector joining the event this year. I hope that, with the new abattoir apprenticeship standard now approved, we’ll see more nominations for abattoir workers in the years to come.”





Best New Apprentice Progressing on a Trailblazer Standard

MEAT Ipswich

Seymour Manufacturing International

Harvey Woolgar

Best Retail Butchery


MEAT Ipswich

The National Federation of Meat and Food Traders

Elsie Yardley

Best Meat Processing

Student – The Perpetual Cup

Dunbia Training Academy

Worshipful Company of Butchers

Joshua Bridges

Best Poultry Industry


Southern Regional College

Poulters’ Company

Sinead McVeigh

Best Independent Retail Meat Apprentice – Paul Edkins Memorial Cup

MEAT Ipswich

Worshipful Company of Butchers

James Taylor

Best Meat Manufacturing Apprentice

MEAT Ipswich

Oakfield (Foods)

Dawid Waszkiewicz

Best Abattoir Worker who has achieved WATOK in 2017

Fast Forward Vets

Windsor Food Machinery

Karl Eastoe

Meat Apprentice Showing Most Management Promise – Kenneth Jenkins Challenge Cup

Remit Training

Worshipful Company of Butchers

Luke Petts

Best Company Training Scheme – Fred Mallion Bowl

Crosby Butchery Training

Institute of Meat

Booker Group

Best Meat Training Provider

of the Year

Crosby Butchery Training

Yandell Publishing

Crosby Butchery Training

Lord Graham Endeavour


MEAT Ipswich

Institute of Meat

Michael Brett

Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year

MEAT Ipswich/Simpsons Butchers

AHDB Beef and Lamb,


James Taylor

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