Cured hams - Cortadores de Jamon (Ham Slicers)

Cortadores de Jamon (Ham carvers)

A 'Cortador de Jamon' at the annual competition
Cortador de Jamon

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 is an annual competition for ham carving and the event was held in Estepona in 2011 where the below footage was filmed.

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