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Checkoff sponsors beef cook-offs at SD State Fair

PIERRE – Beef will take center stage at the 2010 South Dakota State Fair with two beef cooking competitions slated during the event. Professional chefs will compete for the Titanium Chef title in a cooking competition Sept. 2 in the Women’s Building on the fairgrounds. Non-professional cooks will showcase their culinary skills in the second annual State Fair CattleWomen’s Beef Cook-Off, Sept. 3, in the same location.

Leading chefs from across South Dakota submitted recipes vying for a chance to compete in the event. Cooking begins at 2 p.m. in the SD State Fair Women’s Building. This year’s competition will feature two rounds of cooking. Chef Holly Jansma and Chef Daniel Koble, both of Sioux Falls will prepare their beef dishes in Round One of the Titanium contest. Round two, slated to begin at 4 p.m., will feature Chef Tessie Moline of Rapid City and Chef Jonathan Ricks of Sioux Falls. All four chefs will prepare dishes using beef cuts considered lean by USDA standards.

The public is welcome to watch these culinary wizards work their magic utilizing beef. Taste sampling will be available. SD Beef Industry Council Director of Nutrition and Consumer Information Holly Swee, said, “These chefs will tantalize your taste buds and inspire your cooking creativity. The Titanium Chef Beef Competition is designed to showcase beef as affordable, nutritious and delicious. Ultimately, we want to help chefs find more ways to menu beef and attract customers to their facilities.”

A special Beef & Wine pairing demonstration will precede the chef’s cooking competition from 1- 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Mari Beth Baumberger with the SD Wine Growers Association will showcase wines produced in the state and educate viewers on wines that pair well with beef.

Beef Cooking will return to the State Fair Women’s Building on Friday, Sept. 3, for the second annual State Fair Beef Cook-Off sponsored by the SD CattleWomen and the SD Beef Industry Council. Non-professional cooks will be preparing beef recipes in two categories: “New Twists on Old Favorites” and “Fork Free-Hand Held.” Both adult and youth contestants will be cooking from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Following the CattleWomen’s Cook-Off, a friendly cooking competition called the Beef Basket Challenge featuring farm broadcasters Michelle Rook of WNAX and Chase Adams of KBHB will round out the day.

Prize monies totaling $3,500 will be awarded to the contestants over the two days of beef cooking competitions.

Fairgoers are encouraged to watch both Beef Competitions in the air-conditioned Women’s Building on the SD State Fairgrounds.

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