Brechin butcher makes mincemeat of opposition

Murray Jamieson winner of the meat skills competition for under 22s at the Scottish Meat Trades Fair. Murray started as a Saturday boy at Bruce Brymers, before joining the staff there on a full-time basis.'It was a local double with Annabel Forbes of Bel's Butcher in Edzell, claiming the prize for the best lamb product.
Murray Jamieson winner of the meat skills competition for under 22s at the Scottish Meat Trades Fair. Murray started as a Saturday boy at Bruce Brymers, before joining the staff there on a full-time basis.'It was a local double with Annabel Forbes of Bel's Butcher in Edzell, claiming the prize for the best lamb product.

A YOUNG Brechin butcher displayed his meat mettle by beating off stiff competition to scoop the Scotch Butchers Club Meat Skills Scotland Championship on Sunday, May 8.

Butchers from throughout Scotland gathered in Perth on Sunday to showcase the skills that are bringing people back to their shops.

Murray Jamieson from Bruce Brymer Butchers in Brechin became the Young Butcher of the Year, picking up the Under 22 prize.

Murray (20) was coached by his employer Gavin Brymer and put on a faultless display to triumph in the final of four.

The competition attracted 40 entrants from all over Scotland including two in the Western Isles. The final four fought out the final conducted in front of a large and critical audience of their peers at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in Dewars Centre, Perth.

Supported by the Scotch Butchers Club, the Meat Skills Championship is held every second year in the search for the most skilled and creative butchers in Scotland.

Organisers of the event, Scottish Meat Training, are committed to the training and development of people engaged within the Scottish meat industry.

In pursuit of this goal they organise this event to give butchers the opportunity and experience of developing their skills and assist to promote their employer’s business.

Douglas Scott, chief executive of Scottish Meat Training explained: “Using their acquired skills in a competitive environment gives young butchers a chance to demonstrate how much they have learned and measure themselves against their fellow competitors.”

Past winners have had opportunity to travel to other Meat Skills events in Manchester, London, France and Ireland.

Gary Raeburn starts this weekend coming, May 15, when he represents Scotland in a Four Nations Meat Skills challenge in Shrewsbury.

Douglas added: “Murray used his time very well ensuring that his work area was spotless after he had completed the competition.

“While the level of competition was, once again, very high, Murray did Brechin proud and is a worthy winner of this year’s competition.”