41st Auxiliary sponsored All American Certified Angus Beef® Cook Off
2024 Cook-Off Information Coming Soon
A lot has certainly changed since 1983 under the trees on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines when 9 NJAA teams, 3 Adults and 34 contestants participated in the "Great Ground Round Cook Off". In 1985, the products expanded to include other cuts in the "Big Beef Round Up" in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1988, a partnership with Certified Angus Beef began and the Auxiliary Sponsored All American Certified Angus Beef Cook Off was born!
The Cook Off was the first non- showring educational contest at the National Jr Angus Show and it continues to be a popular team competition.
Cooks of all ages should bring their chef's hats, aprons, beef recipes, and flair for preparation to the Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off this summer. The event, sponsored jointly by the American Angus Auxiliary, National Jr. Angus Association, American Angus Association and Certified Angus Beef LLC, is held annually during the National Jr. Angus Show.
All contestants must be members of the NJAA and each team must consist of two to six members of a state junior Angus association.
There will be steaks, roasts, and other beef item categories. In each category there with be Junior, Intermediate and Senior age divisions. See specific rules in Rules and Guidelines.
The cook-off is judged by a panel of three judges. Each judge scores and rank teams individually. Each team is scored in showmanship (the skit/presentation) and recipe. Using their combined recipe and showmanship score the teams are ranked by each judge to determine rankings. Rankins are used to determine the overall placings in each category/division.
First through third place awards will be given in each category and age divisions. First place winners in showmanship and recipe will be recognized in each category and age division. A champion team will be awarded in each category. The champion team in each category will complete for Black Kettle Award. The 1st place Intermediate steak team will be awarded the Pat Grote LEAD Award. The overall top ranked Junior team will be awarded the Ardyce's Aprons award.
The event is educational, competitive, and fun! Among junior teams in particular, the cook-off has fostered a cooperative spirit. The cook-off is an excellent way to educate and entertain non-participants, while promoting the ultimate end-product- the Certified Angus Beef® brand.
View a sampling of 2022 Cook-Off Videos by clicking here.