FOR the best cuts of meat around, look no further than up and coming 18-year-old butcher Sam Chatwood,
He is being taught the skills of the trade thanks to Petworth business, The Hungry Guest.
In December 2011, aged 16, Sam started working at The Hungry Guest Café on Lombard Street.
Shorty after, Petworth resident Sam moved over to The Hungry Guest shop on Middle Street as a retail assistant. “It was during this time my interest in butchery started,” he said. “I watched the butchers at work and really admired their skill – I got an understanding of how much there actually is to butchery.”
In the summer of 2013, Sam was offered a day serving on the butchery counter, and by September he signed his butchery apprenticeship papers.
The apprenticeship is a year-long training scheme, with assessments every six to eight weeks on different aspects of the trade. Sam is already set to complete earlier, having passed his last assessment last week with flying colours.
Assessment areas include sausage manufacturing, breaking down beef into retail cuts and preparing wholesale orders for restaurants, pubs and other shops that Hungry Guest butchers supply.
He added: “I have picked up knowledge in offering advice on cooking techniques, the best cuts for customers’ needs and recommended amounts per person.
“I also really enjoy devising new recipes for Hungry Guest sausages. All the spice mixes are made from scratch on site, and meat is free-range or organic.
“I am also helping to find new suppliers around the area.”
Sam is due to complete his apprenticeship this summer, after which he will be a fully-qualified butcher with a qualification recognised around the world.
Luckily for Petworth and the Hungry Guest though, he plans to stay put for a little while, gaining more experience and training future apprentices, passing on his knowledge, enthusiasm and passion.