World Butchers' Challenge, three golds and a bronze for Italy

Sep 23, 2022 272

Three golds and a bronze, an excellent haul that places Italy second in the medal table at the World Butchers' Challenge. The return from the United States, where the World Butchers' Challenge were held, is more than positive for the Azzurri, who obtain important confirmations and return home with four medals. Only Germany did better. Behind Italy in fact are nations with a very strong butcher tradition such as Ireland, Great Britain and France.

Italy won 3 gold medals: "Best lamb preparation," " Best chicken preparation" and "Best technique in boning," an award, the latter, won by Gianni Giardina, a Sicilian butcher from Canicattì (Agrigento). Bronze medal won by another Sicilian: Claudio Fidone, from Modica (Ragusa), for the Young Butcher category.

This year's World Butchering Championships, now in their eighth year, were held in Sacramento, capital of California. In addition to Italy, 14 nations from around the world participated: Australia, France, Germany, England, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Portugal, Wales, Mexico and Iceland. The competition was therefore very challenging.

"The important result obtained in this competition confirms that Italy is a country where excellent butchers are born, competent and capable artisans, able to excel in front of international audiences and juries," explains Orlando Di Mario, butcher from Sermoneta (Latina) and president of the Italian National Butchers' Association, "I am sure that this result will contribute to the growth of the entire category at the national level.

"I remember how a trained butcher is an important figure for the entire food chain. If a butcher works well, the results are seen across the board: from the family kitchen to the starred restaurant. Having a competent butcher," the president concludes, "also allows for ethical and responsible meat consumption," Di Mario concludes.

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