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Tyler man advances to National Meat Cutting Challenge finals

Released by Elise Goldstein:

TYLER, TX - This week, Jose Miranda, of Tyler, proved that he is truly a cut above the competition by advancing to the final round of the Texas Roadhouse Meat Cutting Challenge in New York City. To advance this far, Miranda first won at the regional level, advanced to the semi-finals in College Station, TX. on Wednesday and now will compete against five other meat-cutters in the final competition in April.

In New York City, Miranda, a meat cutter at Tyler's Texas Roadhouse, at 2101 East Southeast Loop 323, will compete for the title of 2010 Meat Cutter of the Year and $20,000. 

The nationwide competition began with more than 200 meat cutters competing in the first round. The first-round winners advanced to three regional challenges held across the U.S.

As a meat cutter, Miranda is responsible for hand-cutting every steak that is served at Texas Roadhouse in Tyler.  In an average year, he cuts about $1 million worth of meat and spends seven to eight hours cutting meat in the 35 degree walk-in cooler.

  • During the competition, the meat cutters showcased their skills during a timed "cut-off." Each individual received 50 pounds of beef consisting of two top-butts, two tenderloins and one rib loin.
  • Cutters were judged on quality, yield, and speed. The winner is determined by the meat cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time.
  • The Meat Hero program was created in 2001 to honor meat cutters who take pride in cutting high-quality steaks that meet or exceed Texas Roadhouse standards.

Based in Louisville, Ky., Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. In just 16 years, the company has grown to more than 330 locations in 46 states. In 2006, readers of a national magazine voted Texas Roadhouse as the top concept in the Pub/Grill category, and Forbes magazine ranked the company as one of the 200 Best Small Companies. For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com.

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