Butch­ers score win in Syd­ney Toowoomba-rich team takes top gong

The Chronicle - - News - TOM GILLE­SPIE tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­cle.com.au

A QUEENS­LAND butch­ery side brim­ming with Toowoomba ta­lent has taken out a na­tional prize in aid of drought char­ity Buy-A-Bale.

The side, fea­tur­ing Toowoomba re­gion butch­ers Tony Mor­gan, Codey Emes, Christan Ni­cholls and By­ron All­sopp, won first place at the State Butch­ery Chal­lenge, a fea­ture event of the BBQ Ba­le­out at Moore Park in Syd­ney on Sun­day.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, teams were given a whole car­cass and told to break it down by sec­tions, with spe­cific guide­lines in place.

“We were break­ing down a whole lamb and then turn­ing it into dif­fer­ent val­ued-added ready-to-eat items with all the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the comp,” Mr Ni­cholls said.

“Prod­ucts in­cluded a rolled loin of lamb, a rolled sir­loin roast and cut­ting them to cer­tain sizes.

“For ex­am­ple, we had to cut a 2kg piece ex­actly, from look­ing at a piece we didn’t know the weight of.

“They’d bring the whole TBone out, and you had to slice 2kg off.”

Teams were also given the chance to cre­ate dec­o­ra­tive dis­plays, with the Queens­lan­ders bor­row­ing heav­ily from the state’s sta­ple prod­ucts, like pineap­ples, prawns and XXXX beer.

Mr Ni­cholls said Toowoomba’s strong pres­ence in the side, which was picked by the state’s meat gov­ern­ing body, showed the breadth of ta­lent across the re­gion.

“To have so many of us from one area is great for Toowoomba and the re­gion,” he said.

All dis­plays were auc­tioned off as meat trays, and teams al­to­gether raised more than $11,000 for Buy-A-Bale.

Pho­tos: Con­tributed

WIN­NERS: The Queens­land butch­ery team, made up of (from left) Chris­tian Ni­cholls (High­fields), Tony Mor­gan (Toowoomba), By­ron All­sopp (Toowoomba), Gary Thomp­son (Bris­bane) and Codey Emes (Toowoomba), took first place in the State Butch­ery Chal­lenge in Syd­ney at the week­end.

Some of the meat creations from the Queens­land team at the State Butch­ery Chal­lenge.

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