The Beef Checkoff-funded, 27th National Beef Cook-Off is accepting entries for the Sept. 11-13 event in Chicago, IL. America's premier amateur beef-cooking contest is focusing on a "Seize Life" theme, encompassing the essence of the contest's new categories and the role beef plays in an active lifestyle.

This year's event will demonstrate how beef satisfies consumers' appetites, enabling them to enjoy the food they're eating and also feel good about their choices. Underscoring the industry's commitment to innovative beef dishes, the cook-off is introducing four new categories: New Dynamic Beef Dishes, Nuevo Latino Beef Recipes, Kids in the Kitchen, and "Small Plates, Big Taste" Grilled for Everyday Entertaining.

Twenty-five national finalists, including five parent/child teams, will compete for the "Best of Beef" grand prize of $50,000 and eight other cash prizes -- with a total of $110,000 up for grabs. Family chefs are encouraged to enter their original beef recipes by March 31, 2007.
For more info, visit www.beefcookoff.org/.
-- Beef Checkoff release