Americans are excited about better meat, passionate about better sources, and finally paying attention to the skilled hands that provide it. As a nation we have decided we want to support healthier food systems and discover ourselves again at the center of the plate. So it comes as no surprise that after over a decade of focused, passionate growth within the Whole Animal Butchery Industry, American butchers are ready to show up and demonstrate on a global scale, what they’re truly made of.
The United States Butchery Team, “Butchers of America” Team USA completes it's 2020 team with the addition of 4 new members; Travis Stock-still, Bryan Mayer, Kevin McCann, and Cindy Garcia to join Danny Johnson, Tia Harrison, Paul Carras, Craig Deihl and Bryan Butler.
The World Butchers’ Challenge is a global butchery competition which is conducted over a three hour and fifteen-minute period with competing teams of six butchers, given a side of beef, a side of pork, a whole lamb and five chickens which they must then transform into a themed display of value-added products. The 2020 event, located in Sacramento, CA, will be the biggest yet with fifteen teams from across the globe expected to travel to the United States to compete, including current winners Ireland and founding countries New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.
We are raising funds to support two years of practice in preparation for competition in the World Butchers' Challenge taking place in Sacramento, CA September 2020.
In 2017/2018, our team raised over 20,000 through crowdsourcing on Gofundme that took us all the way to Belfast, Ireland to compete in March, 2018. Team USA had a strong showing in the 2018 WBC in Ireland. We placed 6th overall out of 12, and first in new teams.
Without your support, we never would have been able to accomplish the incredible work of organizing as a team, competing, and placing a successful bid to bring The World Butchers' Challenge to the United States, all in less than 9 months. The experience was humbling, inspiring, and challenged us in all the best ways.
This has been such an incredible journey, we are SO grateful to each and every person who commits to helping us as we work to create pride, education, and excellence within our trade. We want to be a part of building a more diverse, healthy food system that honors the vital role whole animal butchers have in providing a better source for quality meat. As a team, we intend to pave the way by securing trade value recognition for American Butchers all across the country.
Fundraising team: "Butchers of America" Team USA (2)