Update:September 9th 2012 Armand “The Arm” Ferrante (East Coast Champion from the Northeast region) won in the butcher finals yesterday at Meatopia. He is the champion.
Austin, Texas based Whole Foods, known locally as “whole paycheck”, has been holding an intra-store butcher battle among its meat cutters for the past few months. The tournament comes to a head September 8th in New York City at this years edition of Josh Ozersky’s Meatopia festival.
This is one of USA’s biggest and best food parties of the entire year.
Doing battle are:
John “Kabali” Kalabolas (West Coast champion from the Northern California region)
Andy “The Animal” Alcorn (Central U.S. champion from the Rocky Mountain region)
Armand “The Arm” Ferrante (East Coast Champion from the Northeast region)
A Texan won last year! http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/7/25/Texan-Wins-Best-Butcher-In-Whole-Foods-Competition-At-Meatopia