Held at The Painters’ Hall in London, the event was attended by HRH The Princess Royal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and Fellow of the Institute of Meat.
More than 100 guests attended the prize-giving, and 12 category winners were presented with their awards by HRH The Princess Royal and Institute of Meat chief executive Keith Fisher (MB.Inst.M).
The overall winner, the ‘Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year’, chosen from the individual categories, was Jack White, from Cranswick Country Foods. He receives a winner’s trophy and certificate, a year’s free membership of the IoM and an additional cash prize of £500.
Commenting on this year’s prize-giving, Fisher said: “These awards are always a special occasion, in that we are safe-guarding the future of the meat industry. Many of the recipients of today’s awards will go on to become the next generation of meat industry leaders.”
In addition, seven experienced butchers who had met the Institute of Meat’s rigorous criteria were awarded IoM-accredited Master Butcher status, MB.Inst.M. They were: David Corbett, Josh Douglas, Peter Horton, Simon Hoyland, Timothy Rowe, Jon Rae and Tony De Sousa. De Sousa and Rae became the first South African butchers to be recognised in this way by the IoM.
Best New Apprentice
Seymour Manufacturing International
Best Retail Butchery
National Craft Butchers
Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice
Paul Edkins Memorial Cup
Worshipful Company of Butchers
Best Multiple Retailer Butchery
Best Meat Processing
Best Abattoir Worker/
Windsor Food Machinery
Best Poultry Apprentice
Best Meat Apprentice Showing Real
Kenneth Jenkins Challenge Cup Worshipful Company of Butchers
Lord Graham Endeavour
Best Company Training
Fred Mallion Bowl
Institute of Meat
ABP UK Talent Academy
Best Meat Training Provider
of the Year
Champion Meat Apprentice
of the Year
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