|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:
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
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.|
1st: Meghan Mims, Cordova H.S., Walker
2nd: Madison Wilbanks, Heritage Christian, Lauderdale
3rd: Dustin Barrs, West End H.S., Etowah
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.