Last night I competed with 8 other butchers in the Whole Foods Market “Best Butcher” competition in Portland, Oregon. We butchered, trimmed and tied as much product as we could get out of our pork legs. After being judged on yield, skill, creativity and presentation yours truly came out the winner! All I’ve got to say is winning feels awesome.
This is the 3rd year that Whole Foods has sponsored a world-wide company competition pitting every store’s best butchers against each other in a battle of the knives. I’ll be heading up to Seattle next week to compete again in the northwest regional contest. If I’m lucky enough to win again then it’s on to Las Vegas for the national finals.
The grand finale will be back on my home turf in Portland, Oregon for the International finals to be held at FEAST Portland in September. http://www.feastportland.com/event/whole-foods-market-best-butcher-contest-and-fishmonger-face-off/
May the force of the knives be with me! (and the cheers and support of these little guys)