Introduction

Texas Beef Council is proud to announce its new statewide search for the Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher in Texas. Applications for the contest have closed. A grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner.

In an ode to the art of butchery, we’re looking for the best of the best throughout Texas to showcase their craft in this competition, which will also explore the different aspects of beef butchery that make it a key element in Texas’ cultural heritage. Contestants will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, score some major bragging rights and travel to different parts of the state. 


Contest Dates & Details

The deadline has passed to enter the 2017 Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher in Texas contest. The locations and dates of the regional semifinal rounds are as follows:

  • Houston: Saturday, March 4 
  • Dallas: Saturday, March 18
  • San Antonio: Saturday, April 1

The Beef Loving Texans’ Best Butcher in Texas final competition will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Austin Food + Wine Festival.


About the Competitors

Houston Regional Competition
JoeNathan Muras

JoeNathan Muras

Lone Star Provisions

Michael Majkszak

Michael Majkszak

Majkszak Meat Market

Mark DeWitt

Mark DeWitt

H-E-B

Hunter Dieringer

Hunter Dieringer

H-E-B


Dallas Regional Competition
Adam Stone

Adam Stone

Local Yocal Farm-to-Market

Shawn Knowles

Shawn Knowles

Old Town Market

Eric Fuller

Eric Fuller

United Supermarkets

Matt Peterson

Matt Peterson

Matador Meat & Wine

Hector White

Hector White

Eastside Choice Meats


San Antonio Regional Competition
Vincent Mawson

Vincent Mawson

Costco Wholesale

Jordan Kile

Jordan Kile

H-E-B

Evelio Morales Jr.

Evelio Morales Jr.

Casino Grocery & Market

Eddie Behrends

Eddie Behrends

Angelo State University

Bryan Butler

Bryan Butler

Salt & Time Butcher Shop


Austin Final Competition
Michael Majkszak

Michael Majkszak

Majkszak Meat Market

Shawn Knowles

Shawn Knowles

Old Town Market

Bryan Butler

Bryan Butler

Salt & Time Butcher Shop


Host

Jess Pryles

Jess Pryles

Cook, Writer, TV Host & Hardcore Carnivore


Judges

Houston Regional Competition
Alice Levitt

Alice Levitt

Dining Editor, Houstonia

Davey B. Griffin, Ph.D.

Davey B. Griffin, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

Michele Feuerborn

Michele Feuerborn

Blogger, Flavor Mosaic

Trent McEvers, Ph.D.

Trent McEvers, Ph.D.

West Texas A&M University


Dallas Regional Competition
Erin Booke

Erin Booke

Features Editor, The Dallas Morning News

Chef Patrick Mitchell

Chef Patrick Mitchell

Executive Chef, Ben E. Keith Foods

Chef Steve DeShazo

Chef Steve DeShazo

Director of Food and Hospitality, El Centro College

Davey B. Griffin, Ph.D.

Davey B. Griffin, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

Mike Hiller

Mike Hiller

Journalist, Escape Hatch Dallas

Beth Rankin

Beth Rankin

Food Editor, The Dallas Observer


San Antonio Regional Competition
Tanner Machado, Ph.D.

Tanner Machado, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Angela Covo

Angela Covo

Edible San Antonio

Ray Riley

Ray Riley

Texas A&M University

Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello

St. Philip's College

John Griffin

John Griffin

Writer, SavorSA

Johnnie De La Garza

Johnnie De La Garza

Writer & Blogger, Flicksandfood.com


Austin Final Competition
Bridget Wasser, M.S.

Bridget Wasser, M.S.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Kari Underly

Kari Underly

Master Butcher, Instructor & Author

Jeff Savell, P.h.D.

Jeff Savell, P.h.D.

Texas A&M University

Steve Hellmann

Steve Hellmann

Meat Coordinator, Whole Foods Market