Smoke and Fire Events Announces the Inaugural Butcher Wars World Challenge at Ascot Racecourse

Date: 20th -21st July 2024

Location: Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX

Smoke and Fire Events is thrilled to unveil the first-ever World Butcher Wars Challenge, set to take place at the prestigious Ascot Racecourse on July 20th and 21st. This landmark competition will gather over 28 of the globe’s finest butchers, hailing from diverse nations including Japan and Tonga, all competing for the coveted title of the first Butcher Wars World Champion.

The World  Butcher Wars Challenge is not just a competition; it’s a celebration of the art and science of butchery. Participants will be tasked with breaking down a half lamb and a half saddle of pork within 30-minute rounds, aiming to craft a show-stopping counter display. Judges will evaluate each round based on several criteria: appearance, butchery skills, food safety, creativity, wastage, health and safety, and the overall appeal of the final display.

Adding to the excitement, the finest cuts from the competition will be featured on our “Feast from the Fire” stage. Here, award-winning fire chefs will transform these selections into extraordinary dishes for our audience to savour, bridging the gap between traditional butchery and culinary excellence.

Tickets are available now from the website or Ticketmaster with NCB members eligible for an exclusive discount for either Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st July using the following promo code: NCBAASCOT and this Link 

Eleanor O’Brien, Managing Director of the National Craft Butchers Association, remarked, “Butcher Wars brings much-deserved attention to the intricate and skilled world of butchery, showcasing the craftsmanship and commitment that are hallmarks of this time-honoured profession. This event plays a crucial role in educating the public about the detailed process of meat preparation, while also celebrating the tireless dedication and enthusiasm of butchers across the globe. We are proud to support such a significant event.”

Jonathan Parker, Managing Director,1711 by Ascot, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming event, stating, “We are thrilled to have Smoke and Fire host their international competition at our racecourse this summer. It’s an exciting opportunity for visitors to witness an incredible array of talent from numerous countries as they come together to compete.”

For more information on the Butcher Wars World Cup Challenge, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Smoke and Fire website.

About Smoke and Fire Events:

Smoke and Fire Events is the organiser of the British Open Freestyle BBQ Championships ™ and the award-winning Smoke and Fire Festivals the UK’s largest BBQ and outdoor cooking festival that celebrates the art of cooking with fire. Known for bringing together top talent from across the culinary world, Smoke and Fire Events offers a platform for chefs, butchers, and artisans to showcase their skills to a wide audience of food enthusiasts.



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