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Poultry specialists and independent butcher pack a meaty punch for York pupils

Poultry specialists and independent butcher pack a meaty punch for York pupils


A class of year nine students got down to the bare bones of the subject with the help of a York butchers and a poultry supplier from the Yorkshire Wolds when it came to a lesson in preparing chicken and food safety.


T.Soanes and Son, an award-winning family business based in Middleton-on-the-Wolds, donated whole chickens to The Butchers Block in Burnholme for a demonstration to GCSE Food Technology pupils at Manor Church of England Academy.


Pupils watched butcher and business ownerMatthew Cross joint and prepare a whole chicken as hisbusiness partner and wife Jessica answered questions the pupils had about poultry. They were then given a talk on the fundamentals of food safety to joint their own chickens, under the careful supervision of Matthew and Jessica.


As part of their GCSEFood Technology course,students need to show they can joint a whole chicken into pieces.


It's the second time the two businesses have worked on this educational initiative said Tom Kingston, Sales Manager at T.Soanes and Son.


"Today it's important that young kitchen professionals and chefs are able to handle and work with fresh poultry because it is crucial for their skill set and those they are feeding.


"We were pleased to provide our Yorkshire-reared grain-fed chicken for them to experience jointing a bird and appreciate tasting it afterwards when they made it into a casserole," he added.


T.Soanes and Sonsupply the Butcher's Block with free range whole birds and fillets for sale. The butchers is marking a decade of providing a range of locally sourced and high quality meat. Jessica said it was a pleasure to pass on their knowledge and skills through the demonstration.


"Students at the school are lucky to benefit from amazing catering facilities in the food technology department with a huge restaurant style kitchen, and I know that for the pupils, it was a real treat to work with an entire chicken.


"It was nice to be able to answer any questions the pupils had and see their enthusiasm for butchery and poultry."


The business is celebrating its 70thanniversary yearwith a new logo, acommemorative recipe booklet and a BBQ for staff.




Photo:Manor Church of England Academy pupils with Matthew and Jessica Cross from the Butcher's Block Manor School pupils


For more information or to arrange an interview withT.Soanes and SonSales ManagerTom Kingston,please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on;


Direct line: 01430 871360

Mobile: 07971 961574






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  1. For more information aboutT.Soanes and Son, please

  2. Keep up to date withT.Soanes and Son's news on the business bloghere.

  3. T.Soanes and Son supplies its chicken to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.

  4. For more information about game available fromT.Soanes and Son's, please

  5. T.Soanes and Son is accredited under the BritishRetail Consortium Food Safety Standard A Grade and the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Standard.

  6. The firm recently celebrated its 70thanniversary byrebranding with a new logoandreleasing acommemorative booklet entitled ‘A celebration of 70 years of T.Soanes & Son (poultry) in recipes', available from independent butchers.

  7. T.Soanes & Son was crowned winner of the Environmental Initiative of the Year category at the Meat and Poultry Processing Awards 2017.

  8. In 2016,T.Soanes & Son was awarded a one-starGreat Taste Awardfor its whole grain-fed chicken.

  9. For more information on the Butcher's Block, please