Local butcher eyes big prize

A butcher at the Texas Roadhouse in Columbus will compete in the first round of a National Meat Cutting Challenge on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

If Jose Luis Alamo is among the top three finishers, the competition continues toward the 2016 national event March 8 and 9 in Orlando, Florida. The national competition consists of a semifinal and final.

One entrant will receive a $20,000 grand prize and the “Meat Cutter of the Year” title.

Each participant in the first round receives 30 to 40 pounds of beef, consisting of two sirloins, one filet and one ribeye to cut. Meat cutters are judged on quality, yield and speed. The winner is the one who yields the most steaks with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time, the restaurant said.

Alamo participated in the competition the past two years and was a semifinalist in February 2014.

As a meat cutter, Alamo hand-cuts steaks served at the Columbus restaurant. In an average year, they will cut about $1 million worth of meat, according to the restaurant.