Texas Beef Council kicks off best butcher in Texas contest

Texas Beef Council has announced a new statewide search to find the rarest of them all: Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher in Texas.

Applications for the contest will be accepted through Feb. 12, and a grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner. Celebrating Texans’ pride in tradition, Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher in Texas competition will allow the best of the best butchers to showcase their skills. In line with Beef Loving Texans’ value of tradition, the competition will also explore the different aspects of beef butchery that remain a key element in Texas’ cultural heritage.

By entering the contest, competitors will have the opportunity to win cash prizes and travel to different parts of the state for one regional semifinal competition and the final round. Finalists (the winners of each regional semifinal) will receive a $2,500 cash prize and gain a seat on the Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher Council. The Best Butcher in Texas will receive an additional $5,000 grand prize, as well as inclusion in a one full-page co-branded ad in Texas Monthly. Regional semifinal rounds will take place in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The final round will be held in Austin at the Austin Food + Wine Festival.

“The art of butchery has been a Texas tradition for hundreds of years, and we want to highlight this often unsung, but truly amazing art form with a fun, spirited competition of Texas’ finest,” said Linda Bebee, vice president, domestic marketing for Texas Beef Council. “We’re excited to celebrate the important role beef has played in Texan traditions, and recognize the people involved in bringing it to our tables. Without butchers, who prepare beef for meat markets, grocery stores and restaurants across our great state, our culture and community would not be what they are today.”

To enter, interested butchers should visit BeefLovingTexans.com to find the entry form and detailed contest information. The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 12, and semifinalists will be notified by Feb. 17. Those who are selected for the regional semifinals will compete in one competition to take place in the city designated for their region.