September 5th, 2013

Competenz Butcher Apprentice Awards 2013

Jack Khosrawi from Auckland’s PAK’nSAVE Lincoln Road has won the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year category.

The other winner on the night was Abigail Lane, a young woman from the Far North, who took out the 2013 Alto Young Butcher of the Year. Abigail, from PAK’nSAVE Kaitaia, endured a cutting test, exam and interview and was put through the paces in an on-stage game show challenge at the awards dinner last night.

Her success went even further when she was also named in the 2014 Pure South Sharp Blacks, the national butchery team. Abigail was thrilled with the result and is looking forward to her prize of a study tour to Europe next year.

“Four years ago I started this journey and I never dreamed it would give me the opportunity it has and the career I am so passionate about. “Even in a male dominated industry, nothing is impossible. Dare to dream and dream big,” says Abigail.

As their prize, both Jack and Abigail will travel to Europe next year to support the Pure South Sharp Blacks in the Tri Nations Butchery Competition. The Young Butcher and Butcher Apprentice competition is supported by Alto Packaging, Competenz, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Dunninghams, Hellers, Kerry Ingredients, New Zealand Pork, Wedderburn, Wilson Hellaby, Cabernet Foods, Natural Farm and Tegel.