Remember the time…..

Remember the time Conan O’Brien trained to be a sausage maker? We don’t either. I guess thats why it’s great somebody dropped this video into our email inbox. Check it out.

This is a picture of Conan O'Brien and a sausage

This is a picture of Conan O’Brien and a sausage

2018 World Butchers Challenge


IT has just been announced that Butchery Excellence Ireland’s bid to host the World Butchers’ Challenge in 2018 has been accepted. This is the first-time in the competition’s history that the event has travelled to Ireland, with Belfast announced as the host city.

The World Butchers’ Challenge will be taking place at IFEX 2018 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast with a Gala awards event planned for Titanic Belfast, and the event is expected to attract 250 butchers from around the globe with a delegation of up to 1,000 extra visitors.

The World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) was created as a platform where butchers from across the world can compete and showcase the butchery skills and creative uses of the beef, lamb and pork products from their respective countries. The current World Champions France will be a hard act to follow and the competition will be a great celebration of World Butchery Skills.


Having previously taken place in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain, the winning bid to secure the event for 2018 came from Team Ireland and was submitted by Rhonda Montgomery, CEO of the Butchery Excellence Ireland and Chef Sean Owens in conjunction IFEX. Fresh Montgomery are the show organisers for IFEX, Northern Ireland’s premier showcase of equipment, interiors and food & drink products.


Speaking about the winning bid, CEO of the Butchery Excellence Scheme and Bid Co-ordinator, Rhonda Montgomery said: “Following a recent research trip to the World Butchers’ Challenge in Australia, I was confident that the Butchery Excellence Ireland could help to deliver the first-ever World Butchers’ Challenge for Ireland and history is being made, with Belfast announced as the host venue for 2018.” 

At the World Butchers’ Challenge 2018 Belfast it’s expected that over ten global teams will take part in the 2018 event, including teams from Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on the importance of the event IFEX’s Salon Culinaire Director, Chef Sean Owens adds: “We couldn’t be happier that we have secured this event for Belfast. This is an incredible opportunity for our Butchery Excellence Ireland members to demonstrate their skills and to shout about the quality of our produce on a world export stage. 

 “In addition to the competitions, our bid includes a five-day research trip across Ireland for the global delegation. This is our opportunity to showcase the world-class food tourism offering that we’re producing across the Island coupled with visits to our incredible world accredited venues, from the Giants Causeway to the Guinness Storehouse and the Wild Atlantic Way. For our guests, we’re hoping that they will take home a real sense of Ireland, and help to further establish our food island reputation globally.” 


IFEX, one of Europe’s longest-established food, hospitality and retail events, and winner of ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000 sq.m’ at the 2016 AEO Excellence Awards,

Taking place from 20th – 22nd March 2018, IFEX will grow its footprint, with an additional dedicated pavilion that will be home to the World Butchers’ Challenge and we welcome the butchers of the world to our purpose-built arena.


Commenting on the news of the World Butchers’ Challenge joining IFEX 2018, Managing Director of Fresh Montgomery, Toby Wand said:

“Working alongside Rhonda and the team from the Butchery Excellence Ireland, we were able to create a very compelling bid for why Ireland could host the World Butchers’ Challenge. We are thrilled to have the bid accepted and to be hosting the flagship event for showcasing the skills and produce of Irish and Northern Irish butchers on a world stage. 

“As an event, the World Butchers’ Challenge has a great synergy with IFEX and the addition of 250 of the best butchers from around the world and their contingencies will make IFEX 2018 the home of food, skills, hospitality and butchery in March 2018.” 

Butchery Excellence Ireland, based in Aughnacloy County Tyrone, was developed to help butchers across the country keep on top of changes to legislation, food safety, food labelling, new product development, personal development, training and marketing.

For further information on the World Butchers’ Challenge, contact Sean Owens at the Butchery Excellence Ireland / World Butchers Challenge on 028 855 57700 or log onto

Sonoma County Meat Company Hiring

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Sonoma County Meat Company is looking for a new Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire! This includes wearing the hat of Wholesale Director, Office Ninja, and other exciting roles.

Summary: You are in charge of managing all wholesale accounts and working with cut and wrap customers. You work with a small, close-knit group of employees in a fast-paced environment. You filter all issues/tasks/questions coming in to the company like an office ninja through the phones, email, and in person. This position requires flexibility, patience, and a detail-oriented mind

-Reliable, responsible, honest, and punctual
-A customer service attitude
-Flexible to change
-Work with a sense of urgency
-Committed to team leadership
-Good communication and writing skills
-Passion for local small business and the food industry
-Able to work in a temperature controlled environment (below 40 F degree)
-Must be able to stand 8 hours
-Must be able to lift 50 lbs

-Experience in the meat industry
-Experience with sales, retail shops, and making cold calls.
-Experience using Quickbooks
-Experience with leading a team and/or teaching

Please send in a resume and cover letter to apply, we look forward to meeting you!

Now Casting Butchers! New Cooking Competition Show!

Hey Butchers Guild Members and friends of The Guild!

I got this email the other day and am forwarding it on to our network. If you think you, or anyone you know would be a good fit, go for it!

“My name is Janah and I’m a casting producer working on a brand new cooking competition show. I’d love to get some great butchers in the mix for casting who are also great home cooks and was curious if you’d be able to help spread the word through The Butchers Guild. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon!”
All the best,

Janah Brooks Golden
Casting Producer

 See Attached Flyer

Wild Buffalo Hiring Plant Manager

Plant Manager Wanted – Wild Idea Buffalo Co. – Rapid City, SD
Wild Idea Buffalo Company is currently seeking qualified candidates for Plant Manager.
Wild Idea Buffalo Co. is a 100% grass-fed/grass-finished bison meat company, whose overall mission is environmental sustainability. All animals are field harvested on the prairie. Plant manager would be responsible for receiving carcasses at our plant and breaking them down into fine cuts. Qualified candidates must have: full knowledge of carcass breakdown, good organizational skills, safety & sanitation oversight, be able to lead a crew, ability to work well with others. HACCP certification and sausage making skills are a plus.

For more details on our company, please go to; .

Or, for more details on position or to submit resumes, contact Jill O’Brien at 605-791-4272 or email at .

Butcher Training in Alabama

To whom it may concern.

My name is Joe Dawicki, and due to some positive life changing circumstances I want to take a serious look into where I might be able to get formal training/education in the butcher field. I’m located in northern Alabama about 30 mins south of Huntsville. If you know of any schools or shops that are willing to take in someone and train them from the floor up I would appreciate a point in their direction.
Thank you for your time.
Joe Dawicki

Speaking Opportunity

Edward Winters Writes:

I am looking for a “meat expert” to speak to our group of avid carnivores at Ordinary Men’s Club.  We are a men’s social organization in Indianapolis, IN that focuses on men’s interest, hobbies, pastimes and vices.  Would you have any members in the Indy area that would be interested in speaking at our 11/17/16 meeting?

Contact Info:

Joshua Applestone | Meating Place

Several months ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Mike Fielding of Meating Place about Josh Applestone and Meat Vending Machines. Check out Applestone’s full profile here.

Industry Meat Night

Learn to source sustainable meat for your restaurant or business! Our guest panel will teach you to the right questions to ask, how to verify information & how order good meat while minimizing waste. Panelists include Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch, Adam Gaska of Mendocino Organics and Aaron Rocchino of The Local Butcher Shop. Sliders will be served!

Monday, July 25, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) 
The Local Butcher Shop – 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709 

Get Tickets Here!

Meatheads Unite: Our butcher shop is going solo

Armed with 20 years’ experience butchering, a history degree and a passion for keeping a vanishing trade alive, Wayne County, Ohio, native Adam Nussbaum is looking to take his shop, Meatheads Union, from the back of a local market and deli up front to his own, downtown storefront.  Click here to read the full details on Barnraiser

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