Philippines (December 6) – Four professional Meat Cutters from Texas Roadhouse’s Metro Manila stores will compete in the first round of the qualifier International Meat Cutter Challenge on December 7 at the restaurant’s McKinley Hill branch. They are out to prove that they’re a cut above the rest.
About the Competition
Each participant will receive 30-40 pounds of beef, consisting of sirloin, NY Striploin, and Ribeye to cut. Meat Cutters will be judged on quality, yield, and speed in this timed cut-off. The winner is the cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time. To ensure the best, freshest quality meat, all cutting is done at a chilly 35 degrees.
Top-scoring challengers in the region will advance to the semi-finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to participate in the 2024 International competition. The final competition will be held in mid-2024. The winner of the Philippines competition will be crowned “Texas Roadhouse Philippines Meat Cutter 2023.” He will also get the chance to compete in Dubai for the International Meat Cutting Competition.
“Meat-cutting is truly a lost art,” says Phillip Snelling, Texas Roadhouse Director, International Culinary & Supply Chain. “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 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 Meat Cutter is responsible for hand-cutting every steak served at their local Texas Roadhouse. They spend seven to eight hours a day cutting meat in the 35-degree walk-in cooler.
The Meat Cutting Challenge, was created in 2001, to recognize the daily efforts of Texas Roadhouse Meat Cutters. The challenge went International for the first time in 2020, with finals held in Taipei, Taiwan. 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.