National Beef Cook-Off Comes to Fort Worth
by Steve Labinski
Does your family rave about your roasts, line up for your stir-frys, and eagerly await all your beef dishes? If so, perhaps you have given thought to entering a cook-off? The National Beef Cook-Off is everyone's big chance to gain fame and fortune, as well as kudos for their most special beef recipes. Held this year during September 26-27 in Fort Worth, twenty finalists will compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize is $50,000.
Some folks just love a cook-off. Texas features many popular cook-offs, like the numerous competitions at the Texas State Fair, or the multitude of barbecue and chili cook-offs. More than a state-wide event, however, The National Beef Cook-Off is the nation's premiere beef cooking contest. It is sponsored by America's Beef Producers and the National Cattleman's Beef Association. This year is the cook-off's twenty-fifth anniversary which, according to its sponsors, comes "when beef is becoming ever more popular in American appetites."
Under contest rules, amateur chefs must submit their recipes by March 31. To enter, recipes can be submitted online via the official website, by email, or my postal mail. The twenty finalists will be contacted by July 16, 2003. Only amateur chefs are eligible to participate - no professional chefs, food writers or caterers.
Popular Texas chef and author Grady Spears (A Cowboy In The Kitchen, Cowboy Cocktails) will lend his experience in discovering the best-tasting beef recipes. Spears observes that "Over the years, the winning recipes have reflected America's changing tastes - illustrating the growing popularity of international flavors, convenience cooking methods and always reinforcing the deliciously gratifying experience of eating beef!"
The categories in this year's contest are One Dish Meals, Grilled Beef, Handheld Kid Pleasers and Quick & Easy Beef. Each category matches up cuts of beef with the best cooking method.
One Dish Meals, for example, encourages the use of stovetop skillet cooking using boneless beef chuck eye steak, beef chuck top blade steak or beef top round steak.
2001 National Beef Cook-Off© "Best of Beef" Grand Prize Winner
How to Enter
Contestants can enter their original beef recipes in the National Beef Cook-Off through the official Web site - www.beefcookoff.org using the online entry form, or send by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or through U.S. mail to: National Beef Cook-Off Entries, ANCW, PO Box 3881, Englewood, CO 80155. Entries must either be e-mailed or postmarked by March 31, 2003.
Recipes must fall under one of the following four categories:
One Dish Meals
For a complete listing of the Cook-Off rules, please visit www.beefcookoff.org or call 1-800-848-9088.
Twenty National Beef Cook-Off finalists will be notified by July 16. The finalists will be flown to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the Cook-Off competition on Sept. 26 and 27, with the opportunity to win the $50,000 Grand Prize "Best of Beef" award. Eight other cash prizes also will be awarded bringing the amount of total prizes to $110,000.
The National Beef Cook-Off© is a biennial contest sponsored by America's Beef Producers, through their $1-per-head checkoff, in partnership with Albertsons. This program is managed by the American National CattleWomen, Inc. in cooperation with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on behalf of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board and State Beef Councils.
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