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29th Ham Cutting Contest / Dehesa de Extremadura

  • Exhibitor: GRUPO GOURMETS
  • Date: Monday, April 17, 2023
  • Time: 11:30 AM - 14:00 PM
  • Pab: 6
  • Location: Gourmets Stage - 6A26

Contest Rules Application Form 

A traditional contest in Salon Gourmets, as in 1994 took place its first edition and 28 editions later is one of the most awaited. Six contestants compete to prove their cutting skills facing a jury of professionals that values factors such as: thickness and length of the slice, straightness of the cut, presentation, neatness and speed among other aspects. In addition, they will have to calculate a portion of 100 grams, demonstrate their knowledge of ham culture by answering a related question and present a dish with each of the main parts of this product: Maza, Babilla and Punta. Each contestant has an hour and a half to elaborate the perfect Spanish ham plate and so become the Best Ham Cutter of Spain in the Cutting Contest, Dehesa de Extremadura.

At the prize-giving ceremony that takes place after the competition, the winner receives an Iberian cebo ham DO Dehesa de Extremadura, a prize of €1,000, as well as a trophy and a diploma accrediting him or her as Best Ham Cutter of Spain 2023. The runner-up receives a ham stand and a diploma, and the third place winner receives a knife blanket. In the Best Creative/Artistic Dish category, the winner receives a diploma and a Cebo Campo DO ham.

The winners of the 29th edition are:

  • 1º: Agustín Borreguero Gorjón, "Paisajes Gourmet" (Madrid)
  • 2º: Francisco Ortiz Escalona, Tienda gourmet "Corte de Autor" (Mijas, Málaga)
  • 3º: Felipe Gil Díaz, Jamonería, Quesería, Charcutería “Felipe Gil” (Plasencia, Cáceres)
  • Accesit: Cristian García Argente, cortador de jamón en sala blanca (Algemesí, Valencia)
  • Accesit: Abraham Cambres Salinas, Jamonería "Abenza & Cambres" (Alcantarilla, Región de Murcia)
  • Accesit: Juan Antonio Pérez Moro, "Juan Pérez Jamones" (San Bartolomé de la Torre, Huelva)


  • Elena Diéguez, President of the Regulatory Council of the D.O. Dehesa de Extremadura - President of the Jury
  • Elena Arzak, Chef Restaurant Arzak
  • Pedro Larumbe, Chef. Larumbe Group
  • Juan Francisco Hernández, Ham Cutter Urrechu Group
  • Begoña Tormo, Gastronomic Journalist
  • Gonzalo Miró, Television Collaborator
  • Clemente Gómez, Ham Cutter

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