School lunch and creativity were synonymous in the sixth annual Top Cut Beef Contest for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.
Many classrooms competed to develop a beef recipe that could be served in their school cafeteria, while also working with their school's food service personnel to identify the process of procuring, preparing, and providing a balanced school lunch.
New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York Beef Council announced the winners of the Top Cut Beef Contest, which included the Mount Markham Middle School team with their Good Golly Goulash for second place in the Middle School division.
In this hands-on experience, students were exposed to the versatility of beef and safe food handling practices while also learning about the multitude of agricultural careers and skills it takes to develop a recipe.
Mount Markham students filmed their own commercials, drew logos, and wrote morning announcements to market their products. Information Technology teacher Allison Blackwell helped students use instructional technology techniques to make their ideas come to life.
The entries from across the state were judged by a panel of beef producers and industry experts. Each entry was evaluated on the product, market analysis, marketing plan, and the beef nutrition analysis.
For their second-place finish, Mount Markham Middle School’s team received a pizza and ice cream sundae party along with each teammate receiving a Stewart’s make-your-own sundae gift certificate.