Indiana team members Maddi Butler, Sarah Innis, Samantha Smith and Rachel Sutherlin made a sirloin steak with blue cheese mushroom sauce. The team competed in the age 18-21 division for the steak competition.
Indiana team members Maddi Butler, Sarah Innis, Samantha Smith and Rachel Sutherlin made a sirloin steak with blue cheese mushroom sauce. The team competed in the age 18-21 division for the steak competition.
INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana teams participated in this year’s All American Certified Angus Beef Cook-off. The cook-off is one of many events offered during the National Junior Angus Show.

The event, sponsored by the American Angus Auxiliary, gives exhibitors the opportunity to show off their cooking and presentations while preparing certified Angus beef. Teams are required to perform an educational skit before a panel of judges tries each dish.

Competing in the senior 18-21 division in the steak completion were Maddi Butler of Vincennes, Sarah Innis of Milroy, Samantha Smith of Lebanon and Rachel Sutherlin of Greencastle.

The team dressed up like Indianapolis 500 princesses and made sirloin steak with blue cheese mushroom sauce for the judges. They wore black and white dresses topped off with tiaras, and the table they created for the judges was decorated with black and white checkered placemats, as well as flowers with racing-themed vases.

Butler and Innis had competed in the cook-off before. It was a first for Smith and Sutherlin.

“We thought the judges would find the sirloin steak and blue cheese combination an interesting and delicious combination,” Butler said.

Each girl agreed they enjoyed dressing up and performing the skit the most.

The other Indiana team, made up of Nick Innis of Milroy, Karson Patton of Frankfort and Jordyn Wickard of Greenfield, completed in the 9-13 division in the other beef competition. The team had a basketball theme and made homemade White Castle-style burgers.

With a basketball theme, something popular to the Hoosier state, Wickard played referee while Innis wore an Indiana University jersey and Karson sported a Purdue University jersey. The team used their basketball-themed skit to talk about the perks of certified Angus beef.