Butcher chops your ques­tions

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AS the num­ber of lo­cal butch­ers dwin­dle in Aus­tralia, Syd­ney butcher An­thony Puharich is step­ping in to fill the void. Pay TV’s Ask The Butcher is touted as a ‘‘farm gate to din­ner plate’’ ex­pe­ri­ence with Puharich adding his ex­per­tise to the serv­ing.

Puharich started Vic’s Pre­mium Qual­ity Meats with his fa­ther some 20 years ago and devel­oped the Syd­ney re­tail shop into an in­ter­na­tional meat whole­saler.

They also took over Vic­tor Churchill Butcher Shop, which was es­tab­lished in 1876, and won the 2010 In­ter­na­tional In­te­rior de­sign award, handed out in New York, for re­tail stores.

The pair sup­ply meat to restau­rants all over the coun­try in­clud­ing Moo Moo, at Broad­beach.

In Ask The Butcher, Puharich dis­cusses the types and cuts of meat, how they should be pre­pared and what com­ple­ments them best at the din­ner ta­ble.

He calls on some of Aus­tralia’s best known chefs, in­clud­ing Peter Gil­more, Matt Mo­ran, Shan­non Ben­nett, Kylie Kwong and Neil Perry, to help the viewer make the most in­formed choices.

Puharich blames ma­jor su­per­mar­ket chains for the de­cline in the num­ber of lo­cal butch­ers.

He hopes the se­ries will en­cour­age con­sumers to re­visit their lo­cal butcher, know­ing that the work­ers in their blue stripe aprons have more to of­fer than what’s on dis­play in the re­frig­er­ated cab­i­net.

‘‘Over the last 15 to 16 years I have seen this in­dus­try change sig­nif­i­cantly,’’ says Puharich.

‘‘Ma­jor su­per­mar­kets started to dom­i­nate and your lo­cal neigh­bour­hood butcher shop fell out of favour.

‘‘Coles and Woolies serve a pur­pose and it’s con­ve­nience.

‘‘You see a wall of meat and that’s it, no one is there to help you or steer you in the right di­rec­tion.’’

Ask The Butcher is billed as a show about ev­ery­thing you ever wanted to learn or could pos­si­bly want to know about meat.

Puharich says he used his own ex­pe­ri­ence with cus­tomers, and that of his staff at the Vic­tor Churchill store, to ad­dress some of the more com­monly asked ques­tions in the se­ries.

Tues­days, 7.30pm,

An­thony Puharich

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