Steak Festival 2022



Best Bite Contest

Sponsored by Lovera’s Italian Market



The competition is Saturday May 14, 2022.  Each team must arrive and check in between 10:00 am and 11:00 am at Spaceship Earth Coffee located at 345 E. Choctaw Avenue in McAlester.  Upon arrival each team will receive five untrimmed choice or prime ribeyes cut to 1 ¼ inch thickness as well as approximately one pound of Lovera’s caciocavera cheese.  This is a mild soft Italian cheese made by hand.  Teams will also receive ice, foil pans and gloves. At check-in, each team will be instructed to return for a cook’s meeting that must be attended by one representative from each team to receive the competition steak box and procedures for turning in entries.  Bring additional ice, chairs, canopy for shade and all cooking essentials.  Cooking will be done in the street in front of buildings.

Entry Fee:  $125.00 includes both Steaks and Cheese competition entries.  

Steak Competition:

Steak Draft Rules:

The time for the Steak Draft will be announced at check in but most likely will be at 12:00 pm.   Each team’s representative will draw a number to establish a draft order. The steaks will be displayed for choosing. Beginning with number 1 the steaks will be chosen one at a time.  The last number will choose two steaks and the draft will continue in descending/ascending order until each team has five steaks.

Each team should bring an ice chest and foil trays to the Steak Draft to keep steaks at proper temperature.

General Rules:  

–The event will be judged by a panel of judges and will be in a “blind judging” format.

–The head cook of a team must be at least 18 years old.

–The Cookoff promoter/organizer will provide all the rib-eye steaks for the event.  Each team will receive five steaks and must turn in one to be judged. 

–Turn in time will be between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  No steaks will be accepted after 6:00 pm.

–Do not remove the envelopes from your steak box.  After you turn in your steak you will be given one of the envelopes.  This contains your steak number.  Do not open the envelope until you are instructed to do so at the results ceremony. 

–Teams are subject to random ice chest inspections by any contest organizer.

–Should there be a tie after all tie breakers, the tied teams would split the combined financial payout. 

Steak Cooking Rules:

–Cooks may cook on any fire or heat source.

–Each team needs to cook on a separate fire source with the following exception: Trailers that have multiple grills or large grills that are totally divided are allowed as long as each cooker has their own fire source.

–NO other rib-eye steak is to be present at the cook site other than the ones given to the teams.

–Steaks may not be removed from the teams numbered cooking area except to turn in the entry.

–Steaks must be cooked Medium (warm pink center).

–Steaks may be lightly trimmed before but not after cooking.

–Steaks may not be marked or branded in any way. (Grill marks are not considered marking)

–Steaks must be turned in whole and uncut on top of the provided foil disk with no garnish in the box.

–Foil disks must be placed in the provided box, silver side up and not folded in any way

— Reasons for Disqualification: 

–Ribeye steaks other than the ones provided for the event found in team area

–A steak turned in after the time window has expired

Any foreign object found in the turn in box (this includes garnishes and separate sauces)  

–Issued steaks are removed from the team’s cooking area

Judging Criteria:

–Steaks will be judged with regard to Taste, Doneness, Appearance and Overall Impression

–The order of tie breakers for steak is: Taste, Doneness, Appearance

–Total score from each category wins

–Winning Prize: $2,000.00


–The Best Bite Contest is optional and no additional entry fee is required.

–Each team will receive one pound of fresh caciocavera cheese handmade by Lovera’s.

–Each entry must incorporate the cheese in any recipe that makes the cheese the main ingredient.  

–The entry can be an appetizer, side dish or any other type of entry as long as it includes the cheese and is served in five individual portions.

–The cheese entries will not be blind and each team must be prepared to present the entry to the judges, explain and describe the ingredients and cooking process and answer questions.

–Any method of preparation is allowed.  

–Contestants may serve the cheese entry in any manner they choose and will not be provided turn in boxes.

–Cheese entries will be judged with regard to Taste, Appearance, Originality and Overall Impression.

–Winning Prize: $1,000.00

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