March 2015
Youth Matters

Best in Beef

 
Joel Dobbins, winner of Best in Beef  
   

Students compete at annual High School Beef Cook-off.

from Alabama Cattlemen’s Association

Beef was sizzling as young culinarians across Alabama convened at Carver High School in Montgomery on Saturday, January 24, for the 54th Annual Junior and Senior High School Beef Cook-off, sponsored by the Beef Checkoff program and Alabama CattleWomen’s Association. Forty-two students qualified to compete by winning their county cook-off with a delicious beef dish. Students participating are involved in either Family and Consumer Science or Culinary Arts at their high schools.

The "Best in Beef" winner was Joel Dobbins from Sardis High School in Etowah County who prepared Roast Po-Boys. This winner was determined by judging the first-place dishes from each division.

While judging was taking place, students, teachers and parents participated in an educational program featuring "Careers in the Food Industry" and "Beef: From Pasture to Plate."

 
  Above are the senior high school winners whose schools are located in the north division of Alabama; below, senior high school winners from schools in the southern part of the state. Far left, each photo, is Cindy Fitzpatrick, ACWA president.
 

ACWA President Cindy Fitzpatrick from Lowndes County said, "It is exciting to see these young people’s creativity with beef. This creativity coupled with the career opportunities in foodservice make a great combination. Beef is the top protein in foodservice and there is no doubt the cook-off gives us a platform to share this information with students, parents and teachers."

The following students also took home awards in their divisions:

Sr. North

1st: Joel Dobbins, Sardis H.S., Etowah (Best in Beef)

2nd: Landin Griffin, Pleasant Grove H.S., Jefferson

3rd: Harley Lesley, Locus Fork H.S., Blount

Sr. South

1st: Michael Ransom, Murphy H.S., Mobile

2nd: Beverly Campbell, Jemison H.S., Chilton

3rd: Jayla Lane, Carver H.S., Montgomery

 
Above are the junior high school winners whose schools are located in the north division of Alabama; below, junior high school winners from schools in the southern part of the state. Far left, each photo, is Cindy Fitzpatrick, ACWA president.  
 

Jr. North

1st: Meghan Mims, Cordova H.S., Walker

2nd: Madison Wilbanks, Heritage Christian, Lauderdale

3rd: Dustin Barrs, West End H.S., Etowah

Jr. South

1st: McKenzie Falk, Elmore County H.S., Elmore

2nd: Sarah Trattles, Elberta Middle, Baldwin

3rd: Acadia Thomas, R.B. Hudson Middle, Dallas

Beef promotion programs are made possible by cattle producers who pay a $1-per-head beef checkoff when they sell their cattle. A recent study by Cornell University reported an $11.20 return on each dollar contributed by producers through the national beef checkoff program. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association manages the checkoff program for our state.