Category: Archive 2018

The new Welsh Butcher of the Year is Craig Holly, assistant manager of Neil Powell Butchers in Abergavenny. Holly, 29, added the coveted title to his list of honours, which include Welsh Pork Butcher of the Year in 2016, following a keenly contested final at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells on Tuesday.… Read more »

A Northern Ireland butcher, who previously spent nine years as a chef, combined his skills to give rivals the chop as he was named Butchery WorldSkills UK champion at the weekend. Saulius Repecka, 30, who works for Emerson’s Supermarket, Armagh, collected a gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Live Show at the NEC Birmingham where he impressed judges… Read more »

A catering butchery and meat processing company, which has established a training academy to grow its own skilled workers, has been named Wales’ Medium Employer of the Year. Celtica Foods, a division of Welsh independent food service wholesaler Castell Howell Foods based in Cross Hands, near Llanelli, collected the coveted award at the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru… Read more »

Apprentice chef Thomas Martin, who has sampled work in some of London’s top fine dining restaurants, celebrated the recipe for success when he collected a coveted national award. Thomas, 22, sous chef at 13 Market Street, Caerphilly, was named Foundation Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Apprenticeship Awards Cymru held at the Celtic Manor… Read more »

Welsh Lamb is the meat of choice for the new Royal Welsh Winter Fair Taste Test Awards aim to showcase the best of Welsh lamb New for the 2018 Royal Welsh Winter Fair, the society have joined forces with Cambrian Training, Culinary Association of Wales and Wales Culinary Team, to introduce the Royal Welsh Winter… Read more »

Apprentice chef Thomas Martin is a young man with a passion for cooking who has already sampled work in some of London’s top fine dining restaurants. At the age of 22, he is following a career path that he hopes will lead him to achieving his ambition of opening his own restaurant in Cardiff to… Read more »

Talented butchers across Wales are sharpening their knives as they prepare to put their skills to the test in the nation’s top butchery competition at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells next month. Winner of the contest, on Tuesday, November 27, will win the coveted Welsh Butcher of the Year title together with a cheque for £130. The runner up will receive £70 and all the finalists will receive a… Read more »

An ambition to be the best in its sector encouraged a West Wales catering butchery and meat processing company to establish an in-house training academy to grow its own skilled workers. Celtica Foods, a division of Welsh independent food service wholesaler Castell Howell Foods based in Cross Hands, near Llanelli, has trained 45 apprentices over the past… Read more »

Launching an Apprenticeship Programme five years ago has improved productivity, workforce engagement and staff retention at Mainetti, which has a multi-national workforce of more than 200. Wrexham-based Mainetti reuses, recycles and redistributes garment hangers for major retailers, handling around one million hangers a day. The company pioneered hanger recycling on behalf of its customers in the… Read more »

Five talented butchers from across the UK will be contesting the final of the prestigious Butchery WorldSkills UK competition in November. The butchers earned their places in the final at The Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham from November 15-17 after impressing judges at regional heats for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The line-up sees two finalists each from Wales and Northern Ireland and… Read more »