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.