Stéphanie Hein’s Unstoppable Butcher Shop

“The Pioneers” (4/6). The first butcher to graduate Meilleur Ouvrière de France, the 31-year-old young woman suffered racism and sexism, but she does not intend to revolutionize the environment in which she has established herself.

She will remember it, this June 20, 2023. “A day like you only live once. We are proud and we want to hide at the same time, ”she comments, still moved. That Tuesday, in the imposing setting of the Sorbonne, Stéphanie Hein was officially inducted among the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, butcher category. The ultimate, for a craftsman. Beside her, in the photo, five other butchers show off the jacket with the tricolor collar. Their first names? Jean-Charles, Christophe, Sébastien, Stéphane and Michel. In the profession, she is the first woman thus crowned.

Since obtaining this diploma, Stéphanie Hein has lived in a whirlwind. So busy that she even had to hire a press officer. What other worker has ever needed it? His schedule exploded. Journalists and politicians demand it. In vain she got up at 4:45 a.m., she could no longer place the orders, boning, cutting, tying, larding, trimming the meat, preparing the skewers on barbecue days, running her shop near Tours, offering a small homemade parsley butter to customers, check the accounts, provide a few extras, and respond at the same time to the thousand and one new requests.

A ceremony at the Elysée is planned for the fall. Without forgetting the essentials. At 31, the new Meilleur Ouvrier de France is about to set up on her own. She negotiated the takeover of three butcher shops in Indre-et-Loire. From September, she will find herself at the head of a dozen employees, including her companion, also a butcher. “I don’t like routine,” the young woman smiles. Here it is served.

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