In a tradition dating back over quarter of a century, the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) today awarded the achievements of apprentices, employers and training providers at their annual awards, held at The Painters Hall, London. The event, a highlight in the meat industry calendar was attended by a very special guest of honour this year, HRH The Princess Royal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and Fellow of the Institute of Meat. Over a hundred guests attended the annual awards and 12 category winners were presented with their awards by HRH The Princess Royal and Institute of Meat Chief Executive, Keith Fisher (MB.Inst.M).
The awards and winners were:
Best New Apprentice sponsored by Seymour Manufacturing International Ltd – Rosie Masters
Best Retail ButcheryApprentice sponsored by National Craft Butchers – Robert Smith
Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice sponsored by Paul Edkins Memorial Cup and Worshipful Company of Butchers – Sally Capstick
Best Multiple Retailer Butchery Apprentice sponsored by Sealed Air Ltd – Dan Turner
Best Meat Processing Apprentice sponsored by Oakfield (Foods) Ltd – Jack White
Best Abattoir Worker / Apprentice sponsored by Windsor Food Machinery Ltd – Jonathan Seville
Best Poultry Apprentice sponsored by Worshipful Company of Poulters – Eva Szabo
Best Meat Apprentice Showing Real Management Potential sponsored by Kenneth Jenkins Challenge Cup and Worshipful Company of Butchers – Joseph O’Sullivan
Lord Graham Endeavour Award sponsored by Food Manufacture – Samuel Newey
Best Company Training Scheme sponsored by Fred Mallion Bowl and Institute of Meat – ABP UK Talent Academy
Best Meat Training Provider of the Year sponsored by Worshipful Company of Butchers – MEAT Ipswich Ltd
Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Meat Management Magazine – Jack White
The overall winner, the ‘Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year’, chosen from the individual categories, was Jack White, from Cranswick Country Foods. He receives a winner’s trophy and certificate, a year’s free membership of the IoM and an additional cash prize of £500. Commenting on this year’s annual awards Keith Fisher said, ‘These awards are always a special occasion, in that we are safe-guarding the future of the meat industry. Many of the recipients of today’s awards will go on to become the next generation of meat industry leaders.’
In addition, 7 experienced butchers who had met the Institute of Meat’s rigorous criteria were awarded IoM accredited Master Butcher status, MB.Inst.M. They were: David Corbett, Josh Douglas, Peter Horton, Simon Hoyland, Timothy Rowe, Jon Rae and Tony De Sousa. De Sousa and Rae became the first South African butchers to be recognised in this way by the IoM.