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Simpsons represent Team GB in World Butchers’ Challenge

Our very own Gary Simpson has recently been chosen to represent Team GB in The World Butchers’ Challenge in Queensland this September as 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 on Wednesday 30 March 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 delighted, honoured and excited to be chosen to represent Team GB - and is relishing the challenges faced on a world stage.