The representatives came together for the inaugural Captain’s Run, which also gave them the opportunity to experience the Californian capital and the Golden 1 Center - the designated battleground next year.
Whilst in town, the World Butchers’ Challenge took over the renowned Farm-to-Fork festival stage to introduce the captains and unveil the Friedr. Dick Golden Knife Trophy, which the teams will be competing for next year.
The 16 teams will take part in an intense three-hour showdown which will see them transform a side of beef, a side of pork, a whole lamb and five chickens into a themed display of value-added cuts.
Visit Sacramento CEO Mike Testa said was eager to welcome the competition.
“This event is one of a kind. It’s the biggest meat event in the universe and the largest global food event that’s ever been held at the Golden 1 Center,” he said. “This competition brings together two of Sacramento’s passions - sport and food. We’ll essentially have 96 elite athletes, at the top of their game, showcasing innovation and skill with our local produce.”
“Sacramento is a truly unique city and given their passion for producing sustainable, quality food, I can’t think of a better home for the competition come 2020,” said World Butchers’ Challenge chairman Rod Slater. “Having seen the emotion on the captain’s faces as they walked into the Golden 1 Center for the first time, there is no doubt in my mind this event is going to cause waves in the global meat and food industry. Mark my words, the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge will go down in history.”
The World Butchers’ Challenge will take place 4 & 5 September 2020 at the Golden 1 Center, Sacramento. Global Meat News recently caught up with World Butchers’ Challenge council chief executive Ashley Gray to discuss the growth of the event since 2011.