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Carving A Brilliant Career - Aucklander Wins NZ Young Butcher Title

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Carving A Brilliant Career - Aucklander Wins NZ Young Butcher Title

Wade Flavell certainly has nothing to beef about after being named as the top young butcher in New Zealand.

Wade, 25, who works at The Mad Butcher, Auckland, proved a cut above the rest, defeating other finalists from across New Zealand, in the Young Butcher of the Year competition.

The butcher from Massey was awarded the top prize at the national final at Auckland's SkyCity on October 1.

He began his career as an apprentice butcher at Dannevirke New World.

"A good friend of mine was a butcher and he was always saying how much he enjoyed it so I thought I'd give it a go," said Wade.

"There is also a great deal of skill involved in hanging, preparing and cutting the meat."

Alesha Ross, 20, of Wellsford, and Tim Edwards, 21, of Middleton, Christchurch, were joint second place. Alesha works at New World, Warkworth, while Tim works at Pak 'n' Save Northlands.

Meanwhile, first prize winner in the under 20 competition was Gareth Hunt, 19, of Whitianga, who works at Whitianga New World.

The competition aims to recognise and celebrate the skills of New Zealand's up and coming butchers. All contestants must work at retail meat outlets.

Contestants are put through their paces on a range of tasks including practical cutting tests, theory examinations, direct interviews and public speaking.

Gary Beecroft, General Manager of the Retail Meat Industry Training Organisation, which organises the competition, said the standard of contestants had been excellent.

"The high calibre of all the finalists demonstrated the very high levels of expertise in New Zealand's retail meat industry.

"The awards reflect the hard work and enthusiasm that these young butchers put into both their apprenticeships and their work and their commitment to providing the very best service to their customers."

The award is well recognised in the industry and many previous winners have gone on to forge excellent careers in the retail meat sector and beyond.

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