The Rendezvous City Beef Roundup, now in its fourth year, is the only steak competition of its kind in America. Designed by founder Tyler McCann to bring beef producers and consumers together to celebrate beef, to educate the public on the benefits and sustainability of beef production and to showcase the exceptional flavor of beef, the Rendezvous City Beef Roundup is quickly becoming an annual tradition.
This year marks the biggest competition list to date, with beef producers coming from every corner of the country to claim the Best Beef in the West title – voted on by an exceptional celebrity judge panel. The judges will be blind tasting each entry, cooked with only salt, pepper and fire to showcase the flavor of the beef itself. The chef for the nationwide competition this year is Mikey Chingman, the manager and executive chef at Deka Guy-Hee Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel Restaurant and owner of Chingy’s Smoke and Grub.
The celebrity judge panel is one to watch. Coming all the way from Australia is Dr. Anthony Chaffe, MD. Dr. Chaffe is known around the world as “The Plant-Free MD” and as the creator of the carnivore diet. He also has a Top 10 podcast, was an All-American rugby player, and a refugee camp medical doctor in Rohingya, Myanmar. He is thrilled to be coming to help judge the top steak in America.
Joining the panel as a return judge this year is “Art of a Cowboy” painter Steve Boaldin. Steve hails out of Guthrie, Okla., where his gallery is located, and is a well-known PBS star. His show follows him around the country showcasing cowboys and ranchers on film and on canvas. His goal is to help preserve the Western legacy. He just spent time with Jim Jensen and Lucky 7 Angus in Pinedale, Wyo. That episode will air later this year.
The Beef Roundup is also bringing in Montana filmmaker, photographer, and cowboy Trinity Vandenacre to help judge its Best Beef in the West Competition. Trinity is well-known on Instagram for his videos that talk about the benefits of ranching and land management. He also has a popular YouTube channel that showcases real ranching in the West.
The Roundup’s coveted Best Beef in Wyoming title is voted on by fellow producers and everyone who wishes to attend the VIP dinner and auction.
Ashley Osterman, who owns The Rustic Plate in Burns, Wyo., will be this year’s Wyoming chef. She was raved about last year as the Best Beef in the West chef and returning producers are looking forward to having her back. After years of raising their beef, the producers can be assured their competition steaks will be prepared correctly by the Roundup’s chefs.
This is a must-attend event that will appeal to both ranchers and consumers. There will be plenty of beef to sample, vendor booths, rancher booths, educational classes, beer and wine tastings, celebrities and live music. For more details and to get your tickets, head over to www.rendezvouscitybeefroundup.com; general admission is free this year.