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Top Cut: A Beef Contest

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New York Schools Win Beef Competition

Shish kabobs, beef-stuffed mushrooms, and a pancake-wrapped brisket were just a few of the delicious recipes developed, tested, and tasted in the third annual Top Cut Beef Contest for elementary, middle, and high school students. Over 70 schools were able to cook beef in their classrooms and submit their marketing plans. New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York Beef Council are pleased to announce the winners of the Top Cut Beef Contest and would like to congratulate each school that participated.

Students and teachers in grades three through twelve were exposed to beef production and nutrition by developing a marketing strategy for a food product of their choice and design. Every classroom was equipped with a True Beef: From Pasture to Plate documentary DVD, the True Beef Educator Guide, lesson plans, and consumer guides to better understand the many cuts of beef and their best uses. Schools were paired with a local beef producer who mentored the students through the process of beef production or supplied the beef necessary for the project. In this hands-on experience, students were exposed to careers in the beef industry and learned about safe food handling practices.

Adding a new twist this year, students created beef-centric recipes that could be sold from a food truck. The students developed their food truck recipes and tested them with their target audience. Submissions included sandwiches, stews, meatballs, and even jerky. The creativity with this contest was unlimited as students filmed their own commercials, drew logos, and designed websites to market their products.

One of the judges, Tess Southern, Agriculture Subject Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and member of the New York Agriculture in the Classroom Advisory Board, said of the entries, "I really enjoyed seeing the creativity that went into the beef centric meals being offered by the students. From a quick taco meal featuring ground beef on the go to a flavorful meal of steak and mushrooms, these youth impressed me with how they would manage, make and market their beef products. Having to plan a meal to be prepped and served from a food truck is no small feat and I would gladly eat any of these meals if given the opportunity!"

The entries from across the state were submitted for judging by a panel of beef producers and industry experts. Each entry was scored based on the product, the market analysis, the marketing plan, and the beef nutrition analysis. The first-place classroom in each division will receive $250, second place earns $100, third place earns $50, and all receive a banner to display their achievement. The first-place schools will also receive a barbeque grill for their classroom from the New York Beef Council.

Elementary School Division
Place
School
Project
Teacher
Beef Partner
County
1st
Oxford Primary School
Beef it Up Sloppy Joes
Amy Glozik
Oxford High School Agriculture Class
Chenango
2nd
Camden Middle School
Spicy Beef Kabobs
Brianne Willson
 
Oneida
3rd
Townsend Elementary School
The "AG Club" Burger– Build it your Way
Beth Howland
Judd-Howland Cattle
Delaware
HM
Camden Middle School
Beef Kabob Stew
Brianne Willson
 
Oneida
Middle School Division
Place
School
Project
Teacher
Beef Partner
County
1st
Granville Jr. High
Steak and Noodle Stir Fry
Catlin Pauley
Rising Sun Farm
Washington
2nd
O'Rourke Middle School
Exploding Sirloin StuffedShrooms
John Antoski
 
Schenectady
3rd
Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School
Rainbow Dog
Carrie Lindstadt-Iurka
 
Nassau
HM
Mount Markham Middle School
Walking Tacos: Bam-Taco
Kate Lindsey
 
Herkimer
High School Division
Place
School
Project
Teacher
Beef Partner
County
1st
Stockbridge Valley Central School
Triple Maple Burger Delight
Erin Smith, Patty Waldron
Reed's Legacy Farms
Madison
2nd
Marcus Whitman
Cheeseburger Sub
Mary Coolbaugh
Bedient Farms
Yates
3rd
Pavilion
Shishkaballz
Jennifer Stringer
Mill Crest Acres
Genesee
HM
Marathon
Bacon Fry Dipper (The B.F.D.)
Crystal Aukema
Mr. John Tillotson at Right Angle Creek Farm
Cortland