January 29, 2021. Louisville, KY. – If you’ve been cooking up new recipes at home, now is the time to showcase your skills. The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Burger recipes are being accepted now through March 1 in the 11th annual beef showdown sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted online at www.kdf.org/beef.

“While we have all experienced many changes over the last year, one thing remains the same, our love of a good burger,” said Katelyn Hawkins, Kentucky Beef Council. “Kentucky Beef Council is proud to sponsor the 2021 Derby Burger Challenge to showcase the many talented restaurant and home chefs throughout Kentucky. Each year beefy masterpieces are submitted and we know the 2021 contest will be no exception.”

The competition is open to chefs at all levels, from restaurant pros to our favorite chefs at home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the winner will be chosen through multiple online voting rounds instead of an in-person cook-off. To help make their submissions stand out, participants are encouraged to get creative in the name and description of their burger, along with sharing photos and videos.

All burgers must be 100 percent beef. The burger recipes are judged based on Taste, Appearance, Creativity and Ease of Preparation. Participants can submit a maximum of two recipes. Official rules of the competition can be found online at www.kdf.org/beef.

The winning chef will be named the 2021 Derby Burger Champion and receives a 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival poster, $100 Kroger gift card, a feature inside Louisville Kroger stores, a grill and grilling prize package from Kentucky Beef Council. Plus, the winning recipe will be promoted on Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Beef Council websites and social media channels.

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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