South Dakota CattleWomen’s 2010 beef cook-off winners
PIERRE – The South Dakota State Fair was the site for the 2010 SD CattleWomen’s Beef Cook-Off, Sept. 3 in Huron. Twenty amateur cooks competed for $2,000 in prize money by preparing beef entrees for a panel of judges in front of a state fair audience.
“Beef reigns in South Dakota and the SD State Fair was the perfect backdrop for home cooks to show their sizzle for beef while competing for cash prizes,” explained Beef Cook-Off Chair Karla Pazour with the SD CattleWomen. The contest was open to non-professional cooks; men, women and youth ages ten and older. Contestants could be beef producers or not own beef – but all love the convenience and versatility of a tasty beef meal.
The 2010 State Fair Beef Cook-Off consisted of two categories; New Twists on Old Favorites and Fork Free – Hand Held Beef. Each of the categories had two age divisions: Youth (10-18) and Adult (19 and older). “We were looking for beef recipes that reflect the simple style of how today’s active and busy consumers cook,” said Pazour.
Taking home the top prize in the New Twists category was Susi Odden of Ree Heights with her recipe, Hobo Delight. Elena Gherghelescu of Milbank placed second with her beef entry, Midwest Savory Beef. Michaela DeWald of Milbank captured the top youth award with Potato-Topped Chili Pie.
The winner of the Fork Free category was Neil Bowes of Yankton with a recipe called Blue Island Special. Placing second was Tammie DeWald of Milbank with Steak Veggie Wraps. Haley Dorschner of Pierre captured the top youth award in the Fork Free division with Cheesy Beef Pocket Pie.
A grand prize of $500 was awarded to both adult division winners with $100 going to each runner-up. The top youth winners in each category received $250. Six Honorable Mention winners were awarded $50 each.
The Honorable Mention winners were: Doug Dreyer of Warner, Lisa Walton and Braeden Walton of Mitchell, M.K. Bishop of Milbank, Drew Pazour of Pukwana and Kiera Leddy of Stockholm.
All cash prizes are made possible through the one-dollar per head Beef Checkoff Program. The SD CattleWomen, funded by South Dakota beef producers with Beef Checkoff dollars, hosted the contest.
The finalist’s recipes are available at http://www.sdbeef.org. Click on the Programs tab at the top of the page, followed by State Fair Beef Cook-Off.