Booragoon: Apprentice butcher makes the cut for World Butchers’ Challenge

Rare Fusion Gourmet Butchery apprentice butcher Leon Sims is heading to the World Butchers’ Challenge Australian Championships. Picture: Bruce Hunt.
Rare Fusion Gourmet Butchery apprentice butcher Leon Sims is heading to the World Butchers’ Challenge Australian Championships. Picture: Bruce Hunt.

BUTCHER Leon Sims has shown off his skills at the WA segment of the World Butchers’ Challenge Apprentice competition.

The second-year apprentice at Garden City Shopping Centre-based Rare Fusion Gourmet Butchery is among four butchers heading to the Australian Championship in Sydney during April 2019.

If successful, he will head to the United States for the International Championships in 2020.

Mr Sims said it was a positive experience to compete in the WA section for the first time.

“They give you pork, beef and lamb and you need to make as much sellable meat as you can,” he said.

“It will be a similar experience when I compete in Sydney but I know that I’ll need to be even faster because they put you on the clock.

“I enjoy being a butcher because I get to work with my hands.”

It is a family affair at Mr Sims’ butchery, with his parents Graeme and Marina having owned the business over two different stints from 1999 to 2008 and 2013 until the present day.