The World Butchers’ Challenge is a little over seven months away and we are starting to get excited about the global competition already. The USA are making their first appearance as a team, and we introduced them back in June when the announcement was made. Since then we have heard from several more teams about who will be representing them so in the run up to the main event we will bring you team profiles of all those competing, kicking off with our very of British Beefeaters.
Captained by Tom Wood the team features a female butcher for the very first time in Ye Olde Sausage Shop’s Jess Leliuga. Jess was one of the stars of our Ladies In Butchery series earlier this year and you can read all about her here. Tom, likewise, has spoken to Butchr in the past and you can read his feature here. Tom has recently opened his own shop, Tom Wood Artisan Butcher, with a layout and uniform that would make any modern butcher drool.
The other members are Michael Dufton (Knitsley Farm Shop); Mark Ramsay (Falleninch Farm Butchers, Stirling); Simon Taylor (Surrey Hills Butchers, Oxshott); and Bryce Lawson (McMurchie Meats, Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham). Team reserves are Mick Foley (Mainstream Foods, Stonebroomham, Derbyshire) and Peter Harrison (Dalziel).
Michael Dufton has brandished his knife for the Beefeaters before in 2016 and is the head butcher at Knitsley Farm Shop in Consett. Simon Taylor may only be 35 but he has 22 years of experience and a passion for all things foodie, so much so that he is teaching two apprentices at once! Mark Ramsay is the head butcher on a farm working with whole carcases reared on the very site on which he works, an enviable position to be in. Bryce Lawson is no stranger to international competition, having lead the UK team in the International Young Butchers Competition in 2011 and his nerves of steel and experience will serve him well in Belfast.
Further information about our team members can be found on the links below
Tom Wood Facebook
Mark Ramsay Website
Mick Foley Website