Dunedin entrant is butcher of the year

A cut above . . . Greg Egerton, of Dunedin, celebrates winning the butcher of the year title in Auckland last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Dunedin butcher Greg Egerton won the butcher of the year title in Auckland last week.

Egerton, who works at Countdown Dunedin Central, said the win was “brilliant”.

In a head-to-head to battle of the butchers, the competitors were given a range of meat including a forequarter of lamb, a pork shoulder, a duck and a wild rabbit five minutes before the competition started, to display their cutting skills in a two-hour test of skills, nerve and expertise.

“Out of everything I’ve done in my career this feels the best. I did my apprenticeship 26 years ago – back then, ‘value added’ was crumbed schnitzel and meatballs. So, I’ve been there through the whole evolution.”

He dedicated the win to his boss Paul Mason.

Head judge and captain of New Zealand’s butchery team the Sharp Blacks Corey Winder said the standard at the competition was “absolutely unbelievable”.

“You have to take your hat off to the competitors . . . who didn’t know what cuts they would be getting until five minutes before the cutting test started.

“You walk along and look at these displays, it wows you that these butchers have come up with these ideas within a two-hour time frame – it’s outstanding.”

Egerton won an all-expenses paid international study tour to Sacramento in the United States, and a Victorinox knife set.