Amy CarrollHowdy, y’all! My name is Amy Carroll, and I’m the voice behind Meat Cutter’s Kitchen. You’re probably thinking that I must, in some way, be qualified to write about meat cutters. Well, you’d be wrong! Prior to starting this endeavor, I had zero knowledge of the profession. So, this will be quite an adventure for me. My conversational writing style is riddled with quirky internal dialogue, raw emotion, introspection, and a ton of grammatical errors.

Now that you know who I am, why are we doing this? Our ultimate goal is to bring recognition to the men and women of the meat cutting world. We know that meat cutting is a multifaceted trade, and the folks that work as butchers are true artists and craftspeople. We seek to highlight their rich heritage, intense pride, and diversity. Join me as I pry into the lives of folks working in one of the world’s oldest professions.

If you’re a meat cutter and would like to be featured or if you’d like to nominate someone, please click here.

Ambush: Sammy Torres by Neil Dudley

Meat Cutter’s Kitchen Cooking Cowboy Paleo Cowgirl Inside Pederson’s FAQ Main Site Here’s yet another meat cutter I wish I’d had the pleasure of meeting! Ol’ Sammy seems like quite the character! Golf, beer drinking, and the jokes. How does it...

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Ambush: Todd Slingerland by Brittany Hayes

Meat Cutter’s Kitchen Cooking Cowboy Paleo Cowgirl Inside Pederson’s FAQ Main Site I’ve recruited some new help, y’all! This way, we get to meet and feature even more meat cutters all over the States! Today’s meat cutter comes to us courtesy of...

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Ambush: Roger Ortiz

Okay, y’all. This is a pretty special ambush, and I’ll tell you why. As I’ve mentioned countless times before, I am an incredibly awkward person occasionally. And, I guess I should clarify before I offend anyone…

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Ambush: Duke Earl by VP Neil Dudley

Meet Duke Earl from Whole Foods Market in New Orleans, Louisiana. This fella was ambushed by Pederson’s Vice President Neil Dudley. And, when he (Neil) sent me the photos of Duke at work, he said…

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Feature: Kent Wenzel

“I call myself the Butcher Boy just for fun. But you don’t have to say that. Just make me look good.” -Kent Wenzel, Wenzel Lonestar Meat Company

Oh, Kent. Kent Wenzel is the first meat cutter I’ve interviewed that I already knew previously. I’d guess I met Kent about 4 or 5 years ago maybe. So, when I arrived at Wenzel Lonestar Meat Company in Hamilton, Texas…

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Ambush: Dalton Miller by VP Neil Dudley

It’s Ambush time! This time, though, I am not the one doing the ambushing. After Vice President of Pederson’s Natural Farms Neil Dudley saw our first handful of meat cutter features and, particularly, our first ambush, he was inspired to ambush a meat cutter himself. Which, I won’t lie… I am particularly greedy with my meat cutters. I want to visit EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. But, alas…

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Ambush: Juan Carrera

Welcome to my first Meat Cutter’s Ambush! Basically, I show up unannounced at various stores, cruise on in with notebook and camera in hand, seek out the meat cutter, and keep my fingers crossed that he/she will give the weirdo just a few minutes of their time. So far, so good…

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Feature: Paul Hale

Meat Cutter’s Kitchen. Why am I doing this? I’ve asked myself this question for weeks with my purpose becoming no clearer. I sit at my desk and stare into space any time I try to define my goals in this endeavor. The stray black bobtail cat that catches my eye through the window pulls my focus. The music from the other room steals my words and my train of thought. I guess, really, if I’m being honest…

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Feature: Nate Abeyta

Well, this is definitely not what I was expecting for my first go ’round. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but I know that Nate Abeyta of Deep Cuts in Dallas was not it.

Back it up a minute, though. If I’m being honest, I don’t actually know any…

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