Ambush: Todd Slingerland by Brittany Hayes
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 Brittany Hayes, National Sales Manager for Pederson’s Natural Farms. I’ve got to admit, though, I wish I’d gotten to meet this guy. His story is pretty unique, and I don’t expect to ever run into another quite like it! Meet Todd Slingerland:
Todd is a North Carolina fella. Growing up, his parents had an Angus cattle ranch in Union County, so he learned to break down an animal at an early age. From there, he moved to San Diego, California. “Why?” you ask. Oh, lemme tell ya! This is where I think this story gets pretty awesome. Todd spent a few years down in San Diego building skate parks and ramps. Yep. Skate parks and ramps. And, he was a pretty good skateboarder himself. In fact, he’s already had his five minutes of fame on the internet for giving Lil Wayne skate lessons. Now, I’m well aware some of y’all may not have a clue who Lil Wayne is, but just know this… he’s a rapper. Yes, a rapper. Todd worked as a meat cutter part time while pursuing the skate life in California, but he eventually moved back to North Carolina and went full time.
I told you his story is pretty unique! Do we have any other skaters turned meat cutters out there? What’s your story? I know y’all meat cutters have to have some equally interesting backgrounds. Let’s hear it!
Harris Teeter | Charlotte, NC
The Nitty Gritty
YEARS IN MEAT CUTTING: 15
FAVORITE TOOL OF THE TRADE: 10″ Filet Blade / Bone Out Knife
BATTLE SCARS: “Nope, and I plan to keep it that way!”
FAVORITE CUT OF MEAT: Bone-in Ribeye
DO YOU LIKE TO COOK? “I do… My favorite dish is pot roast or anything in the crockpot ’cause then you don’t heat up the kitchen.”
EVER HEARD OF DAVID LETTERMAN’S “KNOW YOUR CUTS OF MEAT”? No