Pure South Sharp Blacks In TrainingNew Zealand’s national butchery team, the Pure South Sharp Blacks, are preparing for a trifecta win at the 2015 Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge. Promising to be the biggest butchery event in Kiwi history, the competition will be held in September, the same day as the Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year Grand Final. Reigning champions for the last two years, the Pure South Sharp Blacks will be defending their title against Australia and England. Each team will have just three hours to turn a side of beef, side of pork and a whole lamb intoa display based around a theme of their choice.

Contestants will be marked on their preparation, presentation, finishing and display with each team judged by a panel of industry experts. The current team members are Greg Egerton of New World Mosgiel, Abigail Lane of Neat Meat Queenstown, Phill Pirie of Clark’s Organic Meat Specialists in Auckland, Matthew Spires of Pak’n’Save Te Awamutu, Bruce van der Net of Pak’n’Save Taupo and Corey Winder (captain) of Elite Meats in Christchurch. The competition concluded with a black tie dinner with a prize giving and awards ceremony where the winning team was announced.