Showing some chop
APPRENTICE butcher Geordan Bauer proved he was a cut above the rest when he took out the gold medal at a highly-regarded meat retailing contest in Brisbane.
Mr Bauer, 19, who works at his parents’ shop Bauer’s Butchery, said he did not expect to do quite so well in the metropolitan region World Skills Australia Meat Retailing competition.
“I just turned up for the experience,” Mr Bauer said.
The win means Mr Bauer will represent Queensland at the Australian championships to be held in Brisbane in May.
For the competition, Mr Bauer had to value-add a side of lamb and a whole chicken and then present them to the judges.
Value-adding means adding seasoning and garnishing to the meat to enhance the flavour.
“We don’t do really do valuing-adding here, so it was a surprise to win against people from Brisbane, who do it a lot,” he said.
Mr Bauer said he was thankful he had found a profession he had a passion for.
“I like knowing that when someone walks out of the shop they have what they want and something which will be healthy for them,” he said.
Mr Bauer said he would use the time before the national competition to get some practice in.
“All I know is that I have to do a hind quarter of beef, something from lamb and something from pork — or at least that is what they did last year. So I will work with those,” he said.
Southbank Institute of TAFE teacher Stan Cornish, who helped co-ordinate the event, said the competition was good experience for young butchers.
“Geordan was up against six other students and they were all of a high quality,” he said.
Mr Cornish said at the national competition the butchers would have to show off a wide variety of skills.
“They have to break down a carcass of meat and bone it and show a lot of cooking knowledge,” he said.
While competitors have to pay their own way, Mr Cornish hoped the effort would be worth it.
“The national winner will get a trip to England, where they will represent Australia in the international competition,” he said.