Brandt Beef’s Cowboy Bacon, Demi Glace and Culotte Steaks Star in County Fair’s San Diego Culinary Challenge; July 2-4

Cooking competitions highlight local civilian and military culinary talents

DEL MAR, Calif. – June 15, 2010 – The San Diego Culinary Challenge, part of the annual San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, features local chefs, both civilian and military, of varying experience from Friday, July 2 through Sunday, July 4. Brandt Beef, a key sponsor of the cooking competition, is donating its brand new Cowboy Bacon, Demi Glace de Boeuf Elite and Culotte Steaks for the American Culinary Federation (ACF)-sanctioned “Wild Card” competition on July 2 at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s exciting to be chosen as the beef purveyor for this fantastic, local event. We sense that these talented chefs will create some cutting edge dishes using all-natural Brandt Beef products,” says Eric Brandt, Brandt Beef’s managing partner. “San Diego is inundated with amazing chefs, so it will be interesting to see who brings their A game. I personally can't wait to see the results of their hard work and passion.”

The Brandt Beef Wild Card portion of the event, featuring eight chefs competing head-to-head for 70 minutes, will be judged by three Certified Master Chefs on taste, presentation, technical difficulty and proficiency in the kitchen. Cash prizes of $100, $200 and $500 will be awarded to the top three competitors. Prior to the Brandt Beef Wild Card competition, the San Diego Culinary Challenge on July 2 features a student chef competition at 9:00 a.m.

On Saturday, July 3, the San Diego Culinary Challenge features a professional chef competition at 9:00 a.m. and a second Wild Card competition sponsored by Hamilton Meats and Vande Rose Farms at 1:30 p.m. The military cooking competitions take place on Sunday, July 4 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with a medal presentation at 5:30 p.m.

The San Diego Culinary Challenge is hosted by the ACF Chefs & Culinarians of San Diego and the ACF Chefs de Cuisine Association of San Diego. Additional sponsors of the civilian competitions include Qualcomm and Specialty Produce. Sponsors of the military competitions include Specialty Produce, Unilever, Mercer Cutlery, Hormel, New Chef Fashions and Barona Resort and Casino. In addition to showcasing local civilian and military culinary talent, the event also raises funds for Fisher House San Diego, an organization dedicated to providing a "home away from home" for families of military servicepersons experiencing medical crises.

About Brandt Beef
Brandt Beef – The True Natural, is a single family owned premium natural beef producer for the up-scale restaurant and retail markets. The Brandt family is dedicated to sustainable practices and is passionate about producing the most consistent, highest quality, 100 percent source verified natural beef on the market. Through cattle selection, natural feeding practices and humane treatment of animals, Brandt Beef produces a product that is unparalleled in taste, tenderness and consistency. Brandt Beef received the Master Chefs’ Institute Seal of Excellence for its commitment to produce a superior natural beef product. For more information on Brandt Beef, please visit