The customers of The Stores Grocer at West End are savouring the benefits of onsite craftsman butcher Dylan Seager, who steps out from behind the counter to work with top producers and help his customers cook incredibly delicious, nutritious meals at home.

Dylan is a qualified butcher with over 15 years experience and is also a qualified fine dining chef. He was Head Butcher at Meatsmith Specialty Butcher and Wine Merchant in Melbourne and has also cooked in some of the best restaurants in the country including Marion, Stokehouse, and Moon Under Water in Melbourne, and Gerard’s Bistro and Gauge in Brisbane. His experience has given Dylan unique insight on the way the qualities of food advance from the paddock to the plate.

“People are curious, interested, and intrigued by what chefs and butchers are creating, which I find very motivating,” said Dylan. “I really enjoy engaging with a clientele here in West End who are interested in the amazing products we showcase and how to get the best out of them.”

The Stores butchery sources meat and seafood from Australia’s finest producers, including off-the-boat fresh local reef fish, Sommerlad heritage-breed chickens, wagyu from the Darling Downs, and prime cuts of beef from Cape Grim in Northern Tasmania, and find extra quality in sourcing unique cuts and rare-breeds. Dylan is passionate about people supporting their local, independent butcher, “Support your local butcher! By shopping with us, you cut out the middleman, reduce food miles, and find a quality, flavour, and freshness you just can’t get in a supermarket.”

Dylan is well-travelled around South East Queensland, and he loves working with quality first, ethical producers and farmers, forming relationships that have encouraged him to expand beyond conventional Australian butchery. His food philosophies are ‘less is more’ and he is not interested in over-working ingredients. Dylan aspires to let the flavour of the key ingredient be the hero. “I’d rather be a craftsman than an artist,” said Dylan.

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