Sunshine State Steak Cook Off

The largest steak grilling competition East of the Mississippi is held annually in Ave Maria, organized by Donahue Academy. The event has grown over the years and serves between 1,500 and 2,000 steaks. Winners are selected by a panel of judges after a double-blind examination of the entries. The teams with the best steaks get trophies, cash and bragging rights.

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Grill Teams Wanted!

Do you think you have what it takes to grill the best steak in town? If so, we'd love to have you set up your grill and join in the friendly competition. Don't have a grill readily available? We can help you rent one. You can sign up to be a grill team on the competition's website.

After more than a decade of grilling thousands upon thousands of steaks, the Sunshine State Steak Cook Off has taken on a bit of a life of its own. All the details, rules, past winners and ticket sales can be found online on its own website. Whether you want to fire up your own grill or taste the best steak you've ever had, Donahue Academy will be very  happy to see you at our Sunshine State Steak Cook Off.