ACES holds first ever youth Beef Cook-Off Feb. 23 at FHS

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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Some delicious food was cooked during the first ever Escambia County Beef Cook-Off for youth at Flomaton High School recently.

All Escambia County students in grades 7-12 were invited to participate, according to officials. Students were asked to bring a prepared beef dish as well as the typed recipe for judging.

The beef was to be listed as the main ingredient, the dish was to have limited sodium and fat and were judged on appearance, flavor intensity, palatability and healthfulness and nutritional balance.

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Bryson Caylor of FHS won first place with his beef enchiladas; Tierney Ferguson of FHS finished second with her one pot beef dish; and Zakaree Blair of Escambia County Middle School finished third with his cowboy comfort dish.

“I was so thrilled with this year’s event and participation,” Escambia County Regional Extension Agent and Event Organizer Camille Minaya said. “I hope it will grow and continue to be an annual event that will be much anticipated.”

The cook-off was sponsored by the Escambia County Cattleman’s Association, and hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Judges included Matt Mize, 4-H youth development coordinator for Conecuh County’s ACES; and Jose Antillon, the general manager of the new processing facility for Perdido River Farms.

Caylor has qualified to represent Escambia County in the Alabama Junior and Senior High School Cook-Off in Birmingham in April.