The American Royal Announces A New Steak Competition Event In 2012

The American Royal Association announced today that there will be a new event added to the 2012 season, The American Royal Steak Competition. Beef producers from across the nation are invited to submit rib eye steaks to compete for the best tasting steak. Steaks will be judged by a panel of experts. There will be two entry categories, Grass-finished and Grain-finished.

“This is a new idea and event for the American Royal,” says Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO. “Most traditional cooking contests are like the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® – they are about preparation. This competition is about awarding America’s best tasting steak.”

Each steak will be prepared in an identical manner at K-State University Olathe Campus. They will be seasoned only with salt and cooked on a George Forman grill to an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit, sliced into one inch cubes and served to a panel of expert judges. Each steak will be identified only by a numerical code, to ensure unbiased judging. Points will be assigned for flavor, juiciness, and texture and scores will be tabulated by computer. The judging will take place on September 12 and the winners will be honored at the American Royal Wine Competition, Tasting, & Auction on October 11.

Steaks must be submitted frozen to the K-State Olathe Campus during the time of September 4-7, 2012. An entry form must be also be submitted online at There is no entry fee for this competition.

About the American Royal

The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.