A LOCAL 20-year-old is flying the flag for Scotland after becoming one of only three finalists in a UK-wide competition.
Andrew Peter from Oldmeldrum began his apprenticeship at Davidsons Butchers less than three years ago and will now go head to head with two other finalists for the title of The Meat Trade Journal’s UK Young Butcher of the Year.
The accolade will add to the awards and nominations the business has amassed, the prestigious title of UK Butchers Shop of the Year.
Andrew first began working for John Davidson as a Saturday boy in 2007 before leaving to begin a course in Social Work, but he realised that butchery was exactly what he wanted to do, so he changed tack and went back to begin his Apprenticeship.
Andrew explained: “I really missed the customer interaction, the job variety, the passion for perfection that is paramount to every aspect of Davidsons – and I missed the banter! I’ve learned so much so quickly here, and I think being a finalist in this competition shows how far I’ve come in a relatively short space of time.
“I am exceptionally passionate about my job, and the meat industry in general, and this year I have taken on my own apprentice – a great responsibility, and also a sign of the trust and faith that John Davidson has in me.”
Commenting on Andrew’s achievements, a delighted John Davidson said Andrew had “excelled beyond all expectations.”