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Grantown butcher Green makes a 'Tiger Woods' winning return


By Gavin Musgrove


A butcher from Grantown has proved himself to be a real battler after being crowned champion of the inaugural Scottish Butchers Wars.

The ‘steaks’ were high during the final which brought together some of Scotland’s top butchers, with Barry Green from Cairngorm Butchers taking home top honours in the singles competition.

The competition took place at the Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair in Perth on Sunday.

It included a tense 45-minute challenge to break down a half saddle of specially selected pork and a half Scotch lamb to create a show-stopping display.

Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair 2019 ‘Butchers Wars’ Alan Clarke (left) CEO of Quality Meat Scotland who sponsored the event presenting the Butchers Wars Singles Winner Barry Green from Cairngorm Butchers in Grantown On Spey with his trophy. (Picture by Graeme Hart)
Scottish Craft Butchers Trade Fair 2019 ‘Butchers Wars’ Alan Clarke (left) CEO of Quality Meat Scotland who sponsored the event presenting the Butchers Wars Singles Winner Barry Green from Cairngorm Butchers in Grantown On Spey with his trophy. (Picture by Graeme Hart)

After a nine-year absence from the competitive stage, former junior and senior Scottish Butcher of the Year, Barry described his comeback as like "the Tiger Woods of the butchers industry".

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," the 40 year old said. "To win the first ever Scottish Butchers Wars title shows the old boy has still got it!

"It's the toughest contest I've ever taken part in and I was really pushed to get through everything on time.

"The competition was really stiff - these guys are the best in the business - and I'm just so thrilled to lift the title."

Judging criteria included the butchers’ appearances, final display, creativity, technique and speed wastage as well as food safety and health and safety.

Douglas Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Craft Butchers hailed the inaugural Butchers Wars a "huge success".

"Butchers Wars are a feature in Australia and New Zealand but this is the first time they have been staged in any other country," he said. "We put on a show that combined all the skill, innovation and passion of some of the country's leading butchers with theatre and showmanship and the result was fantastic. It was quite a show and everyone has loved being a part of it."

The inaugural Scottish Butchers Wars was run by Scottish Craft Butchers and sponsored by Scotch Lamb PGI.

The pairs title winners were Steven Cusack and Hamish Jones from Davidson Specialist Butcher’s Inverurie and Elgin shops.

Alan Clarke, Quality Meat Scotland’s Chief Executive, said: “Scotland is home to a huge amount of talented, innovative and dedicated butchers, and with the Scottish Butchers Wars highlighting all of these skills in what was an electric competition."

Renowned international judge Keith Fisher headed up the day's judging team, praising the standard of skill and innovation on display.

"I judge competitions all over the world and it is always a pleasure to see the highly skilled butchers of Scotland in action," he said.

"The Butchers Wars have brought out the best in an impressive and exciting display to thrill both judges and audience and I am in no doubt that the future of Scotland's local butchers is in safe hands after seeing them in action."

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