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Newry man named in Team Ireland Butchers line up

Newry man Bryan McNamee has been named in the Team Ireland Butchers line up that will represent Ireland at the next World Butchery Challenge which is taking place in Sacramento, California in 2020.

As the reigning World Champions, Team Ireland’s butchery team has just been revealed with the nine-strong team selected from the best butchers across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.



Bryan McNamee from B & M Meats, Newry, will accompany Team Captain, Keith Walsh, from Eddie Walsh & Sons Butchers in Donegal, and seven other butchers from all over Ireland to Sacramento next year.

“To be named as the Best Butchers in the World in 2018 was an incredible experience,” Team Captain Keith Walsh told Newry Times.

“I was on the team, representing the ‘Young Butcher’ category and am both honoured and thrilled to be named as Team Captain for 2020.

“Our win in 2018 was incredibly tough as the competition from across the world is extremely high, and our win was hard fought, but we don’t intend on giving up our crown.



“For the next 12 months, the team and I are focused on ensuring Team Ireland remains the Best Butchers in the World,” he added.

The World Butchers’ Challenge will see teams of six butchers, each team representing countries from around the world, go head to head, preparing innovative and creative meat products for a team of highly qualified judges.

Team Ireland is managed by Rhonda Montgomery from Butchery Excellence International, the driving force behind Ireland’s bid to host the first-ever World Butchery Challenge to take place in Northern Ireland. 



Team Ireland Manager and CEO of Butchery Excellence International, Rhonda Montgomery added, “The high level of butchery skills displayed by Team Ireland in the World Butchery Challenge 2018 was world class.

“Team Ireland will be demonstrating how our win in 2018 – the first year that Team Ireland competed – wasn’t down to the ‘luck of the Irish’ – it was a true reflection of the level of skill of our butchers here in NI and Ireland,” she added.

For the next 16 months, Team Ireland will be in-training for the World Butchery Challenge, which is taking place in September 2020, meeting for full day training sessions at locations across Ireland. 



The World Butchers Challenge 2020 will take place in Sacramento, California, USA with over 12 teams from around the globe expected to take part.

To follow Team Ireland’s journey, see



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