When customers approach Mikalah Stevens and ask to speak to the butcher, few realise they are talking to one of the most promising butchers in New Zealand.

Stevens said she is used to it by now, but often the New World Foxton customers are taken by surprise when she tells them 'You're speaking to her', as the 22-year-old perhaps doesn't fit the stereotypical mould of a traditional Kiwi meat carver.

"Yeah, sometimes they ask if they can please speak to the butcher," although it didn't bother her, she said.

Stevens' hard work and skill is helping to break down common