ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Meat cutters from around the Midwest gathered in Onalaska Wednesday morning to show off the finer points of their craft.
The cutters, from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, are all employees of various Texas Roadhouse restaurants. Wednesday they competed in the first round of the restaurant's national, meat cutting competition.
"They have to produce every steak we produce in house," said product coach Jesse Selland.
"It's not like a butcher shop or grocery store, where you say, 'I want a pound of that' and if the cut turns out close, it's fine," Selland said. "They're looking to get the best quality steak they can."
Selland said, in addition to precisely trimming cuts of meat to the correct weights, cutters also looked to shave off defects. .
Three of the meat cutters who competed in Onalaska will move on to the second round of the contest. The top seven cutters from that round will then receive a slot in the final round, with the winner being awarded $20-thousand.
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