First beef cook-off for youth held

From left, Jose Antillon, Zackaree Blair, Tierney Ferguson, Bryson Caylor, Matt Mize

Special to Atmore News

The inaugural Escambia County Beef Cook-Off for youth was held recently. The event was sponsored by the Escambia County Cattlemen’s Association and hosted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
All Escambia County students in grades 7-12 were invited to participate.
Students were to bring a prepared beef dish, as well as the typed recipe, for judging on Friday evening, February 23, to Flomaton High School.
Beef was to be listed as the main ingredient. The dish was to have limited sodium and fat.
Dishes were judged on Appearance, Flavor Intensity, Palatability, and Healthfulness & Nutritional Balance
The winners were as follows:
First place – Bryson Caylor, Flomaton High School, with his Beef Enchiladas
Second place – Tierney Ferguson of Flomaton High School, with her One Pot Beef dish
Third place – Zakaree Blair of Escambia County Middle School, with his Cowboy Comfort dish
With this first place win, Bryson Caylor has qualified to represent Escambia County in the Alabama Junior & Senior High School Cook-Off in Birmingham in April.
Judges were Matt Mize – 4-H Youth Development Coordinator for Conecuh County, Alabama Cooperative Extension System; and Jose Antillon – General Manager of new processing facility for Perdido River Farms, Poarch Creek Indians.
The event organizer was Camilee Minaya, Regional Extension Agent with Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
“I was so thrilled with this year’s event and participation! I hope it will grow and continue to be an annual event that will be much anticipated, Minaya said.