The American Royal Association announced today that the second annual American Royal Steak Competition Winner will be announced at their 2013 Grapes & Steaks Competition on Oct. 9, 2013. Beef producers from across the nation are invited to submit rib eye steaks to compete for the best tasting steak. Steaks will be judged by a panel of experts.

“Last year marked the first time for this event at the American Royal,” says Todd Graves, Chair of the American Royal Steak Contest Committee. “Most traditional cooking contests are like the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® – they are mainly about preparation. This competition is about awarding America’s best steak.”

Each steak will be prepared in an identical manner at K-State University Olathe Campus. Points will be assigned for flavor, juiciness, and texture. The judging will take place mid-September and the winners will be honored at the American Royal 2013 Grapes & Steaks Competition on October 9.

“This is a great way for beef producers from all over the country to be judged purely on the quality of their beef. Every entry is treated equally and judged according to the same criteria. We are excited to

have another year of this event taking place through the American Royal,” said Mark Schatzker, author of "Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef".

It is hard to imagine a more appropriate place to hold a steak competition than the American Royal where 114 years ago the Country’s first exposition and sale of purebred cattle took place.

Steaks are submitted frozen to the K-State Olathe Campus and entry forms must be submitted online at There is no entry fee for this competition.