Meat & Poultry Ontario Celebrates 10 Years of Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition

An Unforgettable Journey of Craftmanship and Innovation

Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition, a prestigious event that has elevated the art of butchery and showcased the remarkable skills of Ontario’s artisans, is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary. This milestone event honours the craftsmanship, innovation, and local food culture that make Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition truly exceptional.

Franco Naccarato, the Executive Director for MPO expressed his excitement and gratitude for this significant achievement, saying, “Over the past decade, Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition has become a symbol of excellence in the industry. It has been a privilege to witness the dedication and talent of our local butchers, and we are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with them.”

A vital element in the success of the competition has been the unwavering support of Halenda’s Meats, Mississauga, as the host of the elimination round. Their commitment has made the competition an unforgettable experience for competitors and spectators alike.

In 2023, Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition is set to embark on an exciting new chapter, promising more thrills and accessibility for all. The elimination round has found a new home at Handtmann Canada in Waterloo, introducing fresh competition rules including; competitors will now be tested on their core competencies, the addition of veal as a protein option in the elimination round, and the finale has been extended to 45 minutes allowing our talented butchers more room to showcase their creativity and expertise. The prizing package for finalists and winners has been enhanced to offer unparalleled rewards.
Franco Naccarato emphasized the significance of these changes, stating, “The 2023 edition of Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition marks a turning point in our journey. We are excited to introduce new elements that will challenge our participants and captivate our audience. It’s an opportunity for our butchers to truly shine and push the boundaries of their craft.”

Registration for Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition is now open. The Elimination Round will take place on Monday, September 11 at Handtmann Canada, where competitors will showcase their technical knowledge and knife skills. The top three contenders will advance to the finals, which will be held on October 21 at the Meating Place Conference in Muskoka, in front of a live audience. The winner will be announced on October 21 at the highly anticipated Meat & Poultry Ontario’s Red Carpet Gala.
Join us as we celebrate a decade of butchery excellence, thrilling challenges, and unforgettable moments at the Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition. For more information and to register, visit or contact
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