We are delighted that our butchery apprentice, Sarah, was presented with the Best New Apprentice Award by HRH The Princess Royal at the Institute of Meat (IoM) and Worshipful Company of Butchers Annual Prize-giving, held at Butchers Hall in London, on 24th February.

Sarah, who competed against apprentices from around the country has been working with Stansted Park Farm Shop since last year. She was presented with her certificate of achievement by HRH The Princess Royal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and Fellow of the Institute of Meat. She was also awarded a cheque to the value of £250 and a year’s honorary membership of The Institute of Meat.

Sarah joined the Stansted Park Farm Shop butchery team as she wanted a change from her career as a Communications Manager and had always wanted to learn butchery.  She has brought a superb customer orientated manner, a passion for food and cookery and a knowledge of where food comes from to the farm shop butchery counter.  In return, she has been learning whole carcass butchery alongside the Farm Shop’s two master butchers, Lee and Ray.

We were extremely fortunate to have Sarah join us as an apprentice, as she already had a wide range of skills and knowledge from her previous career. She is already developing an excellent rapport with our customers and is friendly and knowledgeable.  She can now develop her butchery skills alongside our hugely experienced butchers while learning about the local provenance and quality of Hampshire and Sussex meat and game.

Congratulations Sarah!