Fortinos butcher wins provincial award

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Steve Toms, of Fortinos Hamilton took home the title of Ontario’s Finest Butcher (OFBC) in a competition hosted by Meat & Poultry Ontario. Toms, a two-year veteran of the competition, earned the honour after a fierce head-to-head meat cutting battle with finalists Dave Vander Velde of VG Meats, Stoney Creek and Frank DiGenova of Butcher by Nature in Toronto.

“This year has shown us more than ever the importance of your local butcher.” says Franco Naccarato, MPO’s executive director. “There is a great need for trained butchers across Ontario and we hope this competition can elevate and give the profession the recognition it deserves.”

The Ontario’s Finest Butcher competition was started seven years ago to showcase the profession and recognize the level of skill found in butcher shops and meat plants across the province.

The theme for this year’s final ‘black box’ round was ‘Deja Food’ and Toms along with fellow finalists had 30 minutes to transform two ducks, a leg of veal, and a pork bone-in loin, to prepare several remarkable-looking, display-ready items.

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