Dales Traditional Butchers
I did a YTS course where I achieved ‘Butcher of the Year’ and continued training at Blackpool and Fylde College whilst still working. After college I gained some abattoir experience at Heywoods Butchers in Wiltshire as they had their own slaughter house.
My butchery experience has covered shops, market stalls, abattoirs, restaurants, boning lines and farm shops. I was asked in 1999 if I would help keep the local butchers shop open in Kirkby Lonsdale so I jumped at the opportunity. It was only a 5 year project, but I am still here 10 years later owning the business and the property.
It doesn’t sound anything to exciting but there were just 4 of us cooking, cutting and serving and we managed to serve everyone with food in less than one hour. We received a fantastic round of applause, I can still hear them clapping.
I would serve a spit roasted lamb marinated in garlic and rosemary, just like my BBQ winning Lamb Rumps. (lamb is my favourite meat).
I would host it in Draculas Castle in Romania. We are both Horror Film fans so I think this would be an ideal location.
For inspiration, meeting like-minded people and getting involved. I have learnt so much in such a short space of time that I also hope to help and inspire others as they have helped me.