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May 8, 2021

The TN High School Steak Cook-Off

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Introduction

High School Culinary Arts Cook Off
Tennessee High School Culinary Arts
Great Steak Cook off Contest

Earn Cash Prizes and Bragging Rights as the top Culinary Arts Program in the State!

The smell of charcoal, grilled veggies and, most importantly steaks, is gonna fill the air around Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro this spring.

High schools compete on the basketball courts and football fields, soccer pitch and the track, In spring of 2021, up to 15 culinary arts teams from Memphis to the Tri-Cities will compete on the grill or hot plates during our competition. High schools compete on the basketball courts and football fields, soccer pitch and the track, In spring of 2021, up to 15 culinary arts teams from Memphis to the Tri-Cities will compete on the grill or hot plates during our competition.

The Competition

Teams will have their steak entries judged on a 0 to 9 point system in the categories of presentation, taste and tenderness. We are using a standard judging system used by the Kansas City Barbecue Society in contest across the country. Additionally, showmanship and Rig Construction 0-3 points can be earned. A perfect score would be an entry totaling 39 points in our system. All the judges for the Backyard BBQ Brawl are certified judges by the Kansas City Barbecue Society with the exception of a few local celebrity judges.

We are using a standard judging system used by the Kansas City Barbecue Society in contest across the country.

Prizes
  • First Prize: $500.00
  • Second Place: $300.00
  • Third Place: $100.00
  • Bragging Rights as the top Culinary Arts Program in the area – PRICLESS
Cookers

Teams will be expected to bring their own cookers as we know that regular competing teams favor their own equipment. You may cook with the fuel source of your choice as this can have a significant influence on your finished product. All teams must have a fire extinguisher for safety reasons.

More Information

Final competition rules, the application for and judging guidelines information will be available in January 2021. So start selecting chefs for your team from your talented pool of students.

For more information, contact Sharon Seibert.

Earn Cash Prizes and Bragging Rights as the top Culinary Arts Program in the State.

Submission Information

All three judges will be Kansas City Barbecue certified.

Teams are required to submit their entries for judging at their assigned time. Winners will be announced immediately following the judging of the entries by the panel.

Each team should prepare three steak plate presentations to be resented by a chosen member of the team to a panel of three judges who will judge the presentation based on the categories noted above. The presenting team members should be prepared to explain the fine culinary skills employed in preparing their presentation. Each plate will not contain a whole steak, but enough meat and other appropriate garnish of your choice to make your presentation stand out in the judge’s eye and palate.

For more information, contact Sharon Seibert.

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Scholarship Application

Featuring a Culinary Arts Scholarship

We have opened up more slots to take up to 15 teams from Memphs to the Tri-Cities. In addition, we have introduced a special and exciting incentive by providing a post high school scholarship.

For more information, contact Sharon Seibert.

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2019 High School Culinary Arts Steak Cook-off Winners

Congratulations to all our 2019 high school culinary arts steak off teams!

1st Place
McGavock High School
Chef Mike Walker’s Team

2nd Place
Blackman High School
Chef Frank Pinnix’s Team

3rd Place
Smyrna High School
Chef Alberto Villalobos’s Team

Referral Award
Chef Lyndsey Weatherford
Nolensville High School Team

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