Alan Franck

Returning to the World Steak Challenge for the fourth year, this time as Chair of Judges, Alan is a passionate South African with 25 years’ industry experience.

His introduction to the trade was working for a busy retail butchery where he trained from the age of 15 and became a qualified Blockman. In 1993, he emigrated to Portugal and worked with his brother-in-law in the family wholesale and public business. Whilst in Portugal he grew his skillset and knowledge of Portuguese and South American cuts of meat which he was responsible for sourcing as he had what his brother-in-law described as an eye for a good cut! As well as sourcing stock, he took great pleasure in passing on his knowledge and teaching apprentices the key to perfect display and presentation.

In 2013, England became his home when he and his young family moved to Kent. Since being in England he has become the head of production and manufacturing for Ian Chatfield Butchers which is a successful and growing business in Kent. Whilst working with Ian Chatfield he has learned English cuts and broadened his skill set and knowledge further and gifted the business with his wealth of international knowledge, experience and hard graft.