WORLD BUTCHERS’ CHALLENGE names new head judge for Paris 2025

The World Butchers’ Challenge (WBC) has announced the new Head Judge for the next 2025 event, held in Paris, France as Great Britain’s, David Lishman - previous three time captain of the revered Team GB for WBC events across a ten-year period.

Posted on Aug 24 ,00:15

WORLD BUTCHERS’ CHALLENGE names new head judge for Paris 2025

A highly involved member of the WBC, Lishman was part of a team - involving Great Britain’s Trade Board - who spearheaded the drive to bring an earlier version of the WBC event to Yorkshire, England in 2014, where he also captained Team GB. 

Known fondly as “the Olympics of Butchery'' - the ninth WBC will be held at Paris Arena Sud 6, part of the impressive Paris Expo Exhibition Centre. The venue is currently gearing up to host the world’s best handballers and weightlifters at the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

Alongside business partner and daughter, Emma Lishman, David owns Lishman’s Butchers & Charcutiers - a traditional butchery business in the Yorkshire Dales of England - which won the coveted title of Best Butchers Shop of the Year for Great Britain in 2017. 

On receiving the call about his nomination and then appointment as Head Judge, David says, "I was hugely honoured. I have watched with great admiration as to how this event has grown to be the global contest it is now. I have big shoes to fill". 

With regard to passing any advice onto team’s already preparing for the 2025 WBC, David notes: 

"Naturally we want to see traditional crafts and skills from the teams but with modern products and cuts that would entice the public to buy and try in a retail environment. 

"Be clean, efficient and avoid waste. Use every part available. It’s the butcher's duty to make the most of the carcass - which was once a living animal - and set an example to the rest of the meat industry that the product in front of them gets the respect it rightly deserves".

The Head Judge oversees a panel of judges, made up by the nomination of one judge from each competing nation. This position takes the ultimate responsibility for ensuring a smooth and fair judging process is conducted and can be relied upon. 

Lishman will supersede former Head Judge and New Zealander, Todd Heller who has been a crucial part of the growth of the WBC from a grassroots trans-tasman event to the largest butchery event on earth. 

World Butchers’ Challenge Chairman, Rod Slater says, "Todd has played a pivotal role in shaping the WBC since its inception in 2011, ensuring that the competition is revered by our global community as one of the best butchery events in the world. We want to thank Todd for his expertise, professionalism and commitment over the last 12-years. 

"In the same vein, we welcome David Lishman into the role of Head Judge. We are confident that as someone who has already been a key part of the WBC community for many years, David will bring that same level of expertise and commitment but with a new flair as the competition continues to grow and evolve globally".

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