When Texas Roadhouse meat-cutters hit the ice rink at Plex Indoor Sports & Ice in Irmo this Tuesday October 24, they won’t need skates or hockey sticks to score.

To prove they’re a cut above the competition, 18 professional meat-cutters from around Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina will compete on the ice in the first round of the Qualifier Meat Cutting Challenge. The public is invited to attend and take an inside look at the art of meat cutting during the event.

Doors open at 10:30 am, the competition will be held from 11 am – 1 pm.

Plex Indoor Sports & Ice is at 1019 Broad Stone Road in Irmo. For more information call 803-732-1900.

Each participant receives 25-30 pounds of beef, consisting of one sirloin, one filet and one ribeye to cut. Meat cutters are judged on quality, yield, and speed in this timed cut-off. The winner is the cutter who yields the most steaks, with the highest quality cut in the least amount of time. To assure the best, freshest quality meat, all cutting is done at 38 degrees.

Two challengers will advance to the semi-finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to participate in the 2018 National Meat Cutting Challenge. The semi-finals and final competition will be held in March in Orlando, Florida. The winner of the national competition receives a grand prize of $20,000 and is crowned Meat Cutter of the Year.

Each meat cutter is responsible for hand-cutting every steak served at their local Texas Roadhouse. In an average year, he or she cuts about $1 million worth of meat and spends seven to eight hours a day cutting meat in the 35-degree walk-in cooler.

The National Meat Cutting Challenge is part of the Meat Hero program, created in 2001, to recognize the daily efforts of Texas Roadhouse meat cutters. Their work is displayed in the lobby where guests are invited to hand pick their steak.

For more information, about Texas Roadhouse visit texasroadhouse.com.