Entries being accepted for 2014 Arkansas Beef Cookoff


LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas CattleWomen Association is seeking entries for the 2014 Arkansas Beef Cookoff to be held March 1 in Conway.

More than $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the best dish in the adult category and the best dish in each of two age divisions of the youth category.

In the adult and youth categories, original recipes will be accepted with the theme, “Any Way You Like It”. Any beef cut can be used in this category as long as the recipe can be completed within 30 minutes (marinating time included). The recipe can include any ingredients (seasonings, spices, sauces, etc.), but can total no more than eight ingredients (not including water, salt or cooking spray). Recipe should yield at least four to six servings.

The recipes are due no later than Saturday. Participants are asked to include on one recipe sheet the name of the recipe and complete preparation and cooking instructions. On another recipe sheet, include the name of the recipe, complete preparation and cooking instructions, and, in the upper right hand corner include category, age division (if youth entry), contestant name, address, home, work and/or mobile phone number, and e-mail address. If e-mailing, submit in an attached Word document to rwp8303@aol.com. If mailing, please submit entry on 8½-by-11 inch size white paper (one side only) to Arkansas Beef Cookoff, c/o Ruby Poteet, 8303 Middle Warren Road, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603.

Who can enter:

In the adult category, participants must be 18 years of age or older by Jan. 1, 2014, and are a legal resident of Arkansas.

In the youth category, participants must be in grades seven through nine for the junior division and grades 10-12 for the senior division.

Who is not eligible to enter (in adult division only):

• Food professionals such as a chef (sous chef, prep chef, etc.), food writers, food home economists, food educators, caterers, dietitians, nutritionists

• Owners of beef cattle or dairy cattle intended for commercial use

• Employees of any national or state beef industry organization, or their agencies; as well as their spouses, parents or children (regardless of present place of residence) or anyone living in the household of any such employee

• Members and their spouses of Arkansas CattleWomen Association, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, American National CattleWomen, or The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

All recipes in the adult category must be original and owned exclusively by the contestant. Previously published recipes, such as those for magazines or cookbooks, will be disqualified.

By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and the decisions off the Arkansas CattleWomen Association, Arkansas Beef Council and the judges, which shall be final in all matters relating to the Arkansas Beef Cookoff. Rules are subject to change without notice.

The finalists chosen will compete in the Arkansas Beef Cookoff at 8 a.m. March 1 at the Conway Junior High School campus. Finalists will be notified by phone and must come prepared to cook their dish at the facilities.

For more information, contact Ruby Poteet at 870-879-1378 or 870-543-0289 or by e-mail at rwp8303@aol.com.