Oscar Yedra is known in San Francisco as “The Beefbreaker”…and for good reason. According to ‘San Francisco Weekly,’ “many of his colleagues say Yedra’s skills are the best they’ve seen.” Yedra has proven this by winning the championship in the beef butchery contest at the Eat Real Fest three years in a row.
While the United States was consolidating its meat industry in the 1960’s and 70’s and moving beef-breaking away from the corner butcher and into slaughterhouses, Yedra was honing his skills in his father’s butcher shop in his native Mexico City. After immigrating to San Francisco, Yedra became the head butcher on Niman Ranch’s Oakland cutting floor for years, and now cuts meat for Bill Niman’s company, B.N. Ranch. He also works the meat counter at Canyon Market in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood.