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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Twenty-two of Whole Foods' top butchers and fishmongers gathered to duke it out in the free, open-to-the-public “Best Butcher Competition and Fishmonger Face-Off,” an epic, live battle of sharp minds and sharp knives.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Competitors blasted through a series of quick-fire challenges in front of a live audience and panel of expert and celebrity judges.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
“Whole Foods Market’s skilled fishmongers are the stars of our seafood departments,” said David Pilat, global seafood coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “They help shoppers take the guesswork out of selecting and cooking the best fish for their budgets, offer cut-to-order fillets for all occasions and help point out the most sustainable seafood choices available."
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Austin chef Paul Qui checks out the nation's top fishmongers.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Both showdowns included two timed rounds in which contenders cut and displayed several types of fish or meat, revealed just moments before each round began.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
“Professional butchers are a rare find and a secret ‘ingredient’ when it comes to buying and preparing meat,” said Theo Weening, Whole Foods Market’s global meat coordinator.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
Emcees for the event included Top Chef Masters contestant Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern and master butcher, chef, and restaurateur Adam Sappington of The Country Cat.
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Aaron Franklin, pitmaster and owner of Franklin BBQ, named the best in America by Bon Appétit, inspects the work of a master butcher.
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Whole Foods Best Butcher Contest & Fishmonger Face-Off
In addition to the competitions, guests enjoyed live music from Redwood Son and sampled dishes from eight of Whole Foods' top seafood and meat suppliers.
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