Gary Simpson picking up Best Butchers Shop in Britain 2015-16 accolade at Meat Trades' Journal award's ceremony.
Gary Simpson picking up Britain’s Best Butchers Shop accolade at The Meat Trades’ Journal award’s ceremony in 2015.

Gary Simpson of Simpsons Butchers has been chosen to represent Team GB in The World Butchers’ Challenge in Queensland this September.

Gary Simpson, who owns and runs G Simpson Butchers in Heckington, Lincolnshire, is part of the six-strong home team.

Formerly the Tri-Nations Butchers Challenge, they will take on their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand and France – the first time the French have participated – in The World Butchers Challenge, to be staged at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Sydney, on September 10, after a five-day study tour.

All four teams will go head to head in a three-hour test of skills, innovation and presentation.

Team GB members got together for the first time this week (Wed, March 30) at The Food Academy at Leeds City College, when former captain David Lishman, of Lishmans of Illkey – David is national vice-chairman of the Butchers Q Guild – gave an in-depth insight into the challenges the team will face in Australia.

Key team roles were also determined. Gary will act as a finisher in the high-profile competition, readying the chosen products for final display after his fellow boners and breakers have completed their work.

Gary is said to be delighted, honoured and excited to be chosen to represent Team GB – and relishing the challenges faced on a world stage.

Gary started the business in 2000 aged just 20 with no family history of the butchery trade. He now operates six stores across Lincolnshire. The business has won multiple awards and the flagship Heckington Q Guild shop – his first – is the Meat Trades Journal’s reigning ‘Best Butcher’s Shop in the UK.’

James aims for young butcher title

James Taylor will be among the eight young people demonstrating their skills competing for the title of the Premier Young Butcher 2016.

The 20-year-old is an apprentice at Simpsons Butchers’ Heckington store, which won the Meat Trades Journal Butcher Shop of the Year 2015, with James a finalist in the young butcher section of the competition.

James will be pitting his talents against the seven other finalists from throughout the UK, who are all aged between 18 and 23, at Foodex, the premier trade show for the food and drink industry at the Birmingham NEC on April 19.

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