Hamming it up over Easter

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Jamon Iberico is big business.

FORGET chocolate eggs over Easter, it’s all about ham. Jamon Iberico is big business in Spain and any aficionado worth their salt will know cutting ham is of the utmost importance. San Pedro near Marbella is to hold their first ham cutting competition. 

The Plaza de la Iglesia in San Pedro Alcantara will host the cutting contest on April 3, which is likely to attract some of the top professionals in Spain. The contest will start at 12pm and there will be six prestigious ham cutters participating.

San Pedro Deputy Mayor Rafael Piña said that “the Town Council will always support this event, which not only gives us prestige, but also a big impact on the media.” 

Attendees at the event will be able to taste the delicious meaty morsels for as little as €5. And all money will go to a local charity. Manager of Costa Catering company Javier Salas said that “It is the first time that something like that happens in San Pedro and it is expected to continue”.

There has long been a competitive element in mastering the fine art of carving Spanish ham. Cutting ham was once the job of the butcher, the waiter or the chef in the restaurant; now, however, it is a profession, and one that requires talent, extensive knowledge, practice and a steady hand. There are many ham cutting competitions throughout Spain. 

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