A cut above the rest!

Daniel Raftery, a grade A slaughterman from our Llanidloes site, has been awarded first place in the final of a national contest at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on Monday 27th November 2017.  Daniel was crowned Welsh Butcher of the Year in the contest which was organised by Cambrian Training Company, and sponsored by Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and Celtica Foods.

Staged in the Carcass Hall at the Llanelwedd showground, the participants had to prove their skills over three tasks. They were given an hour to seam a topside of Welsh Beef, 70 minutes to create kitchen ready products for customers from a mystery box of ingredients and 90 minutes to create a visually exciting barbecue display of chicken, Welsh Beef, Welsh Lamb and pork.  Looking for new and creative ideas, the judges rated the finalists for their cutting technique, added value, display techniques, HACCP and personal hygiene and maximum carcass yield.

The judges said “Daniel was so organised and everything he did was done perfectly. He produced good, clean products that were well displayed”

Randall Parker Foods are very proud of Daniels achievement, particularly given that Daniel has been out of the retail environment for 10 years.  Being a grade A slaughterman is a very skilled job which requires accuracy, cleanliness and speed, while retail butchery requires more finesse and a knowledge of how to display meat.

Well done Daniel!