YOUNG butcher Bryce Lawson flew the flag for the UK after he was selected to represent the best of British talent in a prestigious international competition.
The 23-year-old, who has worked in the trade since he was 13, was chosen to lead the British team in the International Young Butchers Competition.
Bryce, who works at his dad’s shop, K Lawson butchers, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, was invited by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders to enter after coming second in the BBC Young Butcher of the Year competition last year.
He had to beat off competition from the best young butchers all over the country to make it to final three.
Bryce said: “The biggest thing for me was getting picked and being part of the team.
“That was winning for me.
“The competition was brilliant, it was a great learning curve and an excellent experience.”
Bryce and the other UK finalists underwent training ahead of the event by the National Meat Federation and Food Traders which represents independent traders.
The international event, held at Stoneleigh Park, in Warwickshire, saw Bryce and team mates take on the best young butchers from France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
They had to prepare and cook a selection of meats in six butchery disciplines including boning, rough cutting and fine trimming a hip of beef, and preparing an eye catching display of beef, pork and chicken for a barbecue.
The Dutch team ran out the winners with the UK team coming second bottom.
It was only the second year the UK had entered the competition and marked an improvement on last year.
Roger Kelsey, chief executive of the National Meat Federation and Food Traders, said: “It is the most prestigious butchers’ competition in Europe if not the world.
“Bryce and the UK team were absolutely marvellous. They certainly did us proud.
“The judges said this year the UK had much improved so they can be really proud of that.”
Bryce, who lives in Trimdon, and also works for James A Mcmurchie, in Hetton-le-Hole, added: “I enjoy everything about the job right down to the washing up.”