Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2017

Four heats faced off yesterday in a showcase of extraordinary knife skills, demonstrating remarkable efficiency and productivity. The scores were calculated and the top three butchers are moving forward to the final round in Ontario’s Finest Butcher competition.

Competitors had thirty minutes to transform a fresh pork bone-in leg, bone-in butt, and bone-in loin, into merchandisable cuts of their choice, and were judged on the degree of difficulty/efficiency and skill level in boning, trimming and cutting, primal cut utilization and financial performance.

The three moving on to the final round at Meat Industry Expo, Saturday October 21, 3:00pm, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, are (in no particular order):

The three moving on to the final round at Meat Industry Expo, Saturday October 21, 3:00pm, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, are (in no particular order):

Brent Herrington, Herrington’s Quality Butchers, Port Perry

Nicholas Matusiak, Halenda’s Meats, Oshawa

Damian Goriup, Florence Meats, Oakville

“We had six new butchers competing this year which is great to see. Nicholas and Brent made the finals last year and Damian, a finalist in 2015, finishes out the final three. All competitors should be extremely proud of their performance,” noted Laurie Nicol, OIMP executive director. “We can’t wait to see which of these three will take the title in October!”

The elimination round took place at Halenda’s – The Meat Store in Mississauga. The 750lbs of pork donated by Conestoga Meat Packers, Breslau, will be packaged by Halenda’s and delivered to The Daily Bread Food Bank.

Important Dates

Final Round: Saturday, October 21, 2017, Niagara Falls

Winner Announced: Saturday, October 21, 2017, Red Carpet Gala, Niagara Falls

Past Winners

Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2016
Peter Baarda, J & G Quality Meats, Burlington

Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2015
Peter Baarda, Lococo’s, Stoney Creek

Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2014
Peter Baarda, Lococo’s Stoney Creek

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