Luka Young from PAK’nSAVE Kaitaia has won the esteemed Young Butcher of the Year title and Morgan Moore from New World in Motueka was crowned Butcher Apprentice of the Year. Finalists were chosen from five regional competitions held during June and July involving 11 Young Butcher competitors and 45 Butcher Apprentices. The two-hour cutting test required competitors to put their technical and creative skills to the test in front of a team of eight judges – boning, trimming, slicing and dicing as they broke down a size 20 chicken, a full pork loin, beef rump, a leg of lamb and a mystery cut of lamb rack into a display of value-added products. The two winners won an all-expenses paid trip to Paris for the next World Butchers’ Challenge in 2025 and the chance to represent New Zealand as part of the ANZCO Foods Young Butchers of New Zealand team.