Today, December 7, marks a significant event at Texas Roadhouse‘s McKinley Hill branch. The highly-anticipated International Meat Cutter Challenge qualifier brings together four of Metro Manila’s most skilled professional Meat Cutters, each ready to prove they’re a cut above the rest.
The Challenge Unfolds
As the competition heats up, each contestant will tackle 30-40 pounds of beef, including choice cuts of sirloin, NY Striploin, and Ribeye. Judged on precision, yield, and speed, these artisans will work in a chilly 35-degree setting, ensuring the freshest cuts for the discerning eye. The winner is the cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time. To assure the best, freshest quality meat, all cutting is done at a chilly 35 degrees.
The Path to Global Recognition
This local qualifier is just the beginning. Today’s top performers will move forward to the semi-finals, setting their sights on the international stage of the 2024 competition. The final competition will be held in mid- 2024. The ultimate winner from the Philippines will not only hold the prestigious title of “Texas Roadhouse Philippines Meat Cutter 2023” but also get the chance to represent the country in Dubai for the International Meat Cutting Competition.
Celebrating the Craft
Phillip Snelling, Texas Roadhouse’s Director of International Culinary & Supply Chain, emphasizes the significance of the competition: “Meat-cutting is truly a lost art.Our annual competition celebrates the success of our professional Meat Cutters. Our Meat Cutter Challenges are one way we show appreciation and reward their hard work and dedication to cutting legendary steaks for our guests.”
The Contenders Take the Stage
The meat-cutter finalists at Texas Roadhouse Philippines are: Lorence Galicha ( Clark), Gimel Siasico( Uptown Mall) , Jay Ar Labuan ( Uptown Mall) and Regie Tinagan (Mckinley Hill), each bring their best to the table responsible for hand-cutting every steak served at their local Texas Roadhouse. Their dedication is evident as they spend eight hours a day cutting meat in the cold 35-degree walk-in cooler, ensuring every cut is nothing short of perfect.
A Legacy of Culinary Excellence
Initiated in 2001, the Meat Cutting Challenge recognizes the vital role of Texas Roadhouse Meat Cutters. After going international in 2020, with finals held in Taipei, Taiwan. The competition continues to celebrate the brand’s commitment to unparalleled quality. Meat Cutters hand-cut each steak served at the restaurants. Their work is displayed in the lobby where guests are invited to choose their favorite steak.
Texas Roadhouse: A Testament to Quality
In the Philippines, Texas Roadhouse has 16 branches. The restaurant chain is known for its Hand-Cut steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made- From-Scratch Sides, Fresh-Baked Bread, and a lively atmosphere. With a presence across the Philippines and beyond, Texas Roadhouse stands as a beacon of culinary excellence, known for its hand-cut steaks and commitment to quality. Today’s event is not just a competition; it’s a testament to the dedication behind every dish served.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, founded by Kent Taylor, Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993 and has more than 600 locations in 49 states and 10 foreign countries. In 2022, Texas Roadhouse was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies. Texas Roadhouse also ranked third on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Customer Service for Casual Dining Restaurants in 2021.
Witness the Mastery
Be part of the excitement and witness the precision and passion that defines Texas Roadhouse. Today at McKinley Hill, the art of meat cutting takes center stage, showcasing the talent that makes every Texas Roadhouse meal legendary.
Join Texas Roadhouse McKinley Hill today for this exciting culinary event. For the latest updates, follow @texasroadhouseph on social media.