Here's Your Chance to Prove Your Steak is Best

American Royal Steak Competition is about the beef, not preparation; every steak is prepared the same in research kitchens.

Published on: Jun 21, 2013

Beef producers who think they make the best-tasting steak in the nation will get a chance to prove it an open contest at the Kansas State University Olathe campus in September.

The American Royal Association's second annual Steak Competition invites the country's best beef producers to submit  their top rib-eyes for the competition. Each steak will be prepared in an identical manner in the K-State kitchens and laboratories, with the winner announced at the 2013 Grapes and Steaks competition on Oct. 9.

Unlike most cooking contests, which are mainly about preparation, this contest focuses on the quality of the beef by equalizing preparation, says Todd Graves, who heads up the American Royal Steak Contest committee.

Because each steak is prepared the same, this contest is based completely on the quality of beef.
Because each steak is prepared the same, this contest is based completely on the quality of beef.

Steaks judged with a point sytem

Each steak will be judged with a point system rating flavor, juiciness and texture. A panel of experts will be the judges. Last year's judges included a mix of beef experts including food bloggers, restaurateurs, members of the Kansas and Missouri Beef councils, regional chefs and representatives from the beef industry.

"This is a great way for beef producers from all over the country to be judged purely on the quality of their beef. Every entry is treated equally and judged according to the same criteria. We are excited to have another year of this event," said Mark Schatzker, author of "Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef."

Steaks are submitted frozen to the K-State Olathe Campus and entry forms must be submitted online at the American Royal website. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Marianne Swaney-Stueve, K-State Olathe's sensory and consumer research manager, was awarded "Rookie of the Year" honors by the American Royal for her leadership on behalf of K-State Olathe for the 2012 competition.

For more information about the steak competition, contact Swaney-Stueve at 913-307-7354 or

Source: Kansas State  University News Service