Updated: Jul 27
Great atmosphere, prestigious awards and excellent food are just three of many ways to describe this years Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers prizegiving.
Arriving at the Event
FDQ were invited to the event along with the presence of exceptionally talented butchers, training centers and employers to celebrate the careers of many gifted butchery apprentices. Over one hundred guests attended the event at Butchers Hall, making for great conversations and meeting new faces.
FDQ's IOM Awards 2023 video. Click to watch.
One by one, their inspiring stories were read aloud about their journeys into the meat industry and how they came about wanting to become butchers. Each apprentice story was different, intriguing and passionate. Receiving the awards, each winner received a cheque for £250, a framed certificate and a years free membership of the Institute of Meat. The 'Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year', received a winners trophy and certificate, a years free membership of the Institute of Meat plus an additional £500 cash prize.
Keith Fisher, Institute of Meat, -
‘It gives me great pleasure to receive so many nominations, and read about so many talented young people, especially at a time when our industry is being tested yet again. Like the meat industry, our winners will need to be resilient in the years ahead. Today’s award, when combined with hard work and determination, could be the springboard to many future successes.’
Five highly skilled butchers were also recognised on the day by being awarded Institute of Meat accredited Master Butcher status.
Steven Russell (MB.Inst.M)
Letitia Redfern (MB.Inst.M)
Gary Levey (MB.Inst.M)
Anthony Davies (MB.Inst.M)
James Hutchinson (MB.Inst.M)
Sofina Foods Ltd
All together there were 12 category winners, celebrating a diverse industry as more than half of this years apprentice winners were women.
Presiding over this prestigious event was Institute of Meat Chief Executive, Keith Fisher (F.Inst.M), with current Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, Andrew Parker, presenting the awards.
A list of 2023 Award winners:
Best New Apprentice Emily Jackson Westmorland Family
Best Retail Butchery Apprentice Emma Guillemer Provenance Village Butcher
Best Independent Retailer Apprentice Daniel Figg J.F. Bishop
Best Meat Processing Apprentice Jessica Kellaway ABP Guildford
Best Apprentice Showing Management Potential in a Manufacturing Environment Vincenza Cesano ABP Guildford
Best Multiple Retailer Butchery Apprentice Adam Howarth Morrisons
Best Abattoir Worker/Apprentice Willem Borst Morrisons
Best Meat Apprentice Showing Real Management Potential Mia Tamburrini Morgan’s Butchery
Lord Graham Endeavour Award Amelia Dayson Firths Quality Meats
Best Company Training Scheme Cranstons
Best Training Provider Crosby Butchery Training
Champion Meat Apprentice
Mia Tamburrini Morgans Butchery
To explore more about FDQ's Level 2 & Level 3 Butcher End-point Assessments, see below.
Level 2 Butcher End-point Assessment: https://www.fdq.org.uk/l2-butcher
Level 3 Advanced Butcher End-point Assessment: https://www.fdq.org.uk/l3advbutcher