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16 CRAFTBUTCHER l MAY 2019


BUTCHERS TO BATTLE IN THE LAND OF THE


KINGS T e World Butchers’


Challenge boldly claims to make rockstars out of butchers and is one step further to doing so aſt er confi rming the home for the 2020 competition as Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California – the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable arena. Home to the NBA’s


Sacramento Kings and host to a


who’s who of global superstars including Elton John and Justin Timberlake, this is the fi rst time the arena has set up such a large international food event, let alone one that features 96 competing butchers. World Butchers’ Challenge


Chair, Rod Slater visited the arena late last year and is thrilled with the decision to travel to Sacramento aſt er


witnessing what’s in store for the competition come September 2020. “Not only is this arena visually


spectacular, the underpinning principles and programmes it delivers really align with what we’re about – celebrating food and passionate producers. Sacramento is really welcoming us with open arms and I can assure you, the best butchers in the world will put on a show like no other,” said Slater. “16 teams from across the


globe will have three hours to transform a side of beef, a side of pork, a whole lamb and fi ve chickens into a themed display of value-added cuts. Imagine all this taking place in the same amphitheatre as an NBA game or rock concert; this is a world fi rst.” Likewise, Sacramento Kings


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Chief Operating Offi ce Matina Kolokotronis is excited about


WORLD BUTCHERS CHALLENGE


the prospect of hosting an international food competition of this scale. “T e World Butchers’


Challenge will bring a new, exciting display of creativity, innovation and competition that Sacramento hasn’t seen before,” said Kolokotronis. “To have such an elite, global


competition visit America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital is an honour and we are ready to welcome them here at Golden 1 Center.” T e World Butchers’


Challenge will be held on the 5th September 2020 following the World Champion Butcher Apprentice and Young Butcher competition on the 4th. To register your interest in attending please visit https://www. worldbutcherschallenge.com/ tickets For more information on


the competition, including the full history and team bios, visit https://www. worldbutcherschallenge.com. n


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